BACK IN 1961, I went to the Senior Prom when I was only a junior. I did it due to being such a gallant young man.

Here’s how that happened. A neighbor family, three doors down, had two teenage daughters, Nikki and Donna. That’s Donna in the photo, one year older than I am. She’s now retired from the Sheriff’s Department in Jacksonville, Florida, I am told.

Donna had been asked to the Senior Prom. She got all excited, as teenage girls do, purchased that lovely dress, and God knows what else. Then the boy changed his mind just days before the prom. What a dip!

Donna was really down. Her mother asked my mother if she could persuade me to step up and escort Donna to the prom. Of course, I did. And we posed for the traditional photo. I never dated Donna before or after the prom, but we had fun.

A guy’s gotta do the right thing. Look at the smile on her face.

Of course, I was not chopped pork.

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(Note: This is another of the photos my sister recently mailed to my daughter.)

10 thoughts on “Gallantry

    1. Ms. Shoes: Terms have their times in the sun. The times for dip have passed, and only those of us with gray hair remember it. It was, of course, a short version of a longer, scatological word. But, due to maintaining a G-rating here at all times, that term will go unuttered.


  1. She looks like she had a good time with you, and yes, you do look very gallant in your white tux.


  2. You should have kept the tux. Then you could have brought your lovely wife along on the cruise that lies in my future. The two of you could have posed as Nick and Nora Charles.


    1. Señor Cotton: Wasn’t really a tux, more like a white coat and dark pants that were not purchased together. Add a black bow tie, and you’re ready to roll. Had you gone that route for your upcoming cruise, you would have saved a bundle, I imagine.

      I cannot help mentioning that I likely would still fit into that outfit.

      I’ve never worn a tux in my life.


  3. Tuxes on cruises are an exaggeration of the styles worn on “formal” nights. The “White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” look was popular in 1961!


    1. Carole: And it was around 1961 when they sang “White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation.” I graduated from high school in 1962, the very year of the classic movie American Graffiti. Dem wuz de days.


  4. It is fairly easy to be gallant when the damsel in distress is a real babe. But as you correctly point out, you ain’t no bird dog either.
    Love the steamboat in the background — very “Old South.” Wouldn’t be tolerated today I’m afraid.


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