Every Girl Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp Dressed Man

I used to sing that old ZZ Top song to the boys whenever they were younger and I got them all dressed up and handsome.  I swear their little chests would puff out and they would actually swagger a little.  But Youngest Son still hates to get dressed up.  In high school, the girls would want him to go to dances but he almost managed to avoid every single formal event.  “You don’t even want to go to the prom?” we all asked.  And of course every single time he would reply that he hates to dance, and he hates to get dressed up.  Why would he want to go to a dance?  (He’s also tight with the money.  I taught him well).

His luck ran out senior year.  He had a very persuasive girlfriend that convinced him to go to not only her prom, but also the one at his high school.  She wanted him to wear a white tux to hers.  I got my way for his prom and he wore a black tux.  He looked sharp both nights, but the suit didn’t help him have fun at his prom.  His date and his ex-girlfriend made him miserable in the midst of their dagger-looks and catty remarks to each other.  He had a lot more fun at her prom even though he worried about spilling stuff on the white tux and getting charged extra for it.

A few weeks ago, Youngest Son had to get himself into a suit again.  He was not excited about it.  He much prefers a pair of basketball shorts and a T-shirt.  But he, along with a bunch of other students at his college, were applying for the chance to become a residence hall advisor at his school next year.  He’s the kind of kid you’d expect to be in charge.  He’s helpful, considerate, and plays by the rules.  He’s tutored other students for years.  I’d hire him–but I’m sure I’m a little biased.  He wanted the job for all the right reasons, but also because he’d finally have his own room.  Even though he really likes his roommate, Youngest Son likes his privacy.  I was excited because the job pays with free room and board! There were plenty of applicants, and the interview process took an entire Saturday on one of his busiest weekends.  And the only thing he complained about was the fact that he had to wear a suit–and that he better not have had to get dressed up for nothing!

I had forgotten all about this until I got a text this morning.  Youngest Son got the job!  He’ll have his own room next year, and I’ll be saving some bucks.  I told him he looked handsome in that suit.

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9 Responses to “Every Girl Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp Dressed Man”


  1. 1 robinaltman March 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Yay for Youngest Son! Mothers always know best. I didn’t know RAs got free room and board. That’s an awesome job! And it’s a high compliment, too! I wouldn’t trust either of my nit wits to be an RA. In fact, I’m thinking of hiring each of them a nznny when they go to college.

    • 2 mamaneeds2rant April 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

      I think maybe he was switched at birth or something, Robin. Remember the old Sesame Street game, “Which of these things is not like the others, which of these things is kinda the same…”
      Either that, or he got some very recessive genes that aren’t showing up in the rest of us.

  2. 3 sheribear9202 March 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    That’s so great! The only problem with “S” being an RA is that he will hardly ever be home. Not like he’s home constantly now, but they’ll keep him busy on campus. Sorry, Mom, just wanted to warn ya…. =(

  3. 4 mamaneeds2rant April 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Well, Sheri, since they’re feeding him for free, he may as well stay there and chow down. I’ll catch up with him on Facebook.

  4. 5 "J" April 1, 2009 at 7:43 am

    so hes not like his bros? hm THANKS!

  5. 7 So Much More Than A Mom April 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    That’s great! Yay, you get to save A LOT of money and he has a major accomplishment under his belt. I think you should really torture him and post a pic in the white tux. 🙂

  6. 9 Emily April 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    we like saving money


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