A Mum By Any Other Name Would Be a Corsage
October 2, 2012
Everything is bigger in Texas. Even corsages. But these Homecoming corsages are not called corsages. They are called Mums.
For those of you who do not live in the South, or perhaps it is just Texas I am not really sure, that gigantic thing pinned to by daughter’s shoulder is a Mum. A Homecoming Mum. A gigantic piece of tackiness that is somehow a status symbol. Of what, I do not understand.
The one my daughter is wearing is very understated. A plain, almost boring mum, in spite of the bells, glitter, beads and curly sparkling ribbon.
When we first moved to Texas one of my neighbors was talking about Homecoming and that her son had to get his girlfriend a Mum.
A mum? I had questioned. Because I was thinking of the potted mum variety that you use to decorate your front porch in the Fall.
Yes, a Mum. It’s a tradition. The bigger the better.
Huh, I had said. Imagining a high school girl carrying around an enormous potted Mum, which seemed ridiculous.
And then I was schooled on what a Mum is. And it still seemed ridiculous. And ridiculously expensive. There are girls who wear several of these. Girls who have Mums that light up or have stuffed animals pinned to them. Girls who have Mums so heavy their back aches. Texans take their corsages seriously.
I made the Mum (assembled the mum?) my daughter is wearing. She was little wary when I said
Hell, no I am too cheap to spend $25+ on an already made Mum that you will wear for five minutes and then complain about and toss aside please oh, please let me make it for you! But I won her over with my threats of you will have nothing then! crafting and glue gunning skillz.
And for the record it cost me $6 in supplies and she wore it for about 6 minutes before she complained that it was weighing her down.