By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Traditionally, boy meets girl, boy asks girl to prom, she says yes and they have either a miserable or magical evening.
At least that is how I imagine it happened. I never went to prom.
In 2014, there is a boy, he hasn’t met a girl, he goes to Reddit to find a date.
A young man who goes by the user name of needsadate68 said in his Reddit post: “Hey guys, not the proudest moment of my life, but I need a date for my senior prom.”
He says he is 17 and attends a private school in the Chicago area, adding that he has moved around a lot and doesn’t know anybody that well.
Because I am a hopeless romantic, I am going to assume this is all legit. I reached out to needsadate68, but I haven’t heard back, yet.
He has received some funny replies.
“I’ll go. I’m 27, have IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], and I’ll hook you up with a flask of bourbon. You buy dinner,” wrote one guy, who added, “I feel like I need to PM [private message] your parents.”
Others were more earnest, if not excitable.
“omg i would love to go to prom again! message me if you’re still looking :)”
Another said he should go single and dance with other guy’s dates.
A lot of people offered similar advice: Don’t go. It won’t matter in 10 years.
I would agree. In 10 years, it doesn’t matter.
But, sometimes you have to live for the moment. When you are 17, prom can be a big deal.
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