Do the words - 8th grade dance - bring back memories? I am in charge of the decorations for the 8th grade dance at my son's school. There are about 250 8th graders and the dance will be held in the gymnasium of the middle school with the theme "Starry Nights". Coincidentally on my morning run yesterday, Frank Sinatra's "Swinging on a Star" popped into my Ipod, a welcome change from the rap and r&b that usually motivates me to run fast. Please don't judge. As the song played, I began to think about the words and how much they describe the choices that you make during the middle school years. I have always thought of that time in life as a fork in the road. A time when it is easy to veer off the path and maybe take an unfamiliar road that can lead to trouble. I pray every day that our boys stay on the main road.
Fortunately I have a partner who is helping me with the decor. We plan to use lots of silver stars which we would love to hang from the rafters, but that might be a little ambitious. We will use lots of white Christmas lights throughout the gymnasium. Tissue paper will be our best friend as we make arrangements for the tables.
Just recently I found this shooting star idea that would be great to display on the wall of the gym.
If you have any suggestions, please send them my way. I always love to hear from my creative posse. The dance is this Friday and I'm starting to freak out...just a little...well, maybe not.
Now, to keep it real, would you like to swing on a star...or would you like to be a mule?