The Alien went to her first ever Matric Dance this past weekend. Her “date” is a friend of her boyfriend. Yes, you heard me, boyfriend. The silly child did not believe me when I told her 16 was far too young to do the whole dating thing. Aliens know everything though and my every effort to stop the tomfoolery came to naught. Sigh.
Anyway, life carries on and so back to the Matric dance. He only asked her a few days before the event. Either he was hoping to skip the whole affair or the thought of asking my Alien was so daunting it took a few weeks for him to pluck up the courage. My kid can be quite scary. Ask me, I know! Except, I was then left with hardly any time to find a dress that didn’t exceed my annual income but still ensure that the Alien does not look like Cinderella before the fairy Godmother pitched up.
Glug Glug Wine Club to the rescue! One e-mail and dresses started raining down on us. I don’t have the foggiest idea about girlie stuff. I thought the girls were talking about washing powder or hamburgers when they referred to Mac. (It’s frighteningly expensive makeup, lads) The wine club ladies know everything about fancy shmansy girlie stuff though. Not only did we borrow the perfect dress for this dance but also a dress for when she attends the boyfriend’s Matric dance later this year.
But wait. There is more. On the day of the dance two of the Glug Gluggers, with the promise of a glass of wine or 2 as an added incentive, rocked up with suitcases overflowing with makeup and hair paraphernalia. With a hair wand waved here and some sparkly stuff painted there – the Alien was transformed and ready for the ball….I mean…dance.
What would I have done without my Glug Glug Wine Club girls? I can’t even do my own hair and makeup properly let alone a fussy teenager’s. We only get together once a month to dop and whine, but this band of 6 merry winos provide me with so much more than just a hangover every month. They reiterate the importance of friendships and how our own shortcomings don’t matter that much when you have a team willing to support you when you are out of your depth.
Jax and Lynette are now officially the Matric Dance Godmothers. They can be contacted on 555….actually no they can’t. You get your own wine club/book club/chess club/gardening club so that you too can surround yourself with fairy Godmothers to brighten and enlighten your life.