Organic prom contestThe air hung thick with a mix of perfume and hairspray. As scents go, these were sweet enough to weaken tooth enamel. Six high school girls crowded into our upstairs bathroom, where the light was better and the mirrors, angled just so, created an infinite reflection, the better for primping in the pre-prom hour.
Lips were glossed pink, cheeks artificially blushed, and eyes lined black with Cleopatra precision.
Straight hair was curled. Curly hair straightened. Long hair pinned up. Short hair smoothed down. And all of it sprayed again for good measure.
A few blocks away in the bathrooms of boys, rarely needed razors were put to work. Bowties were tied, straightened and tied again. Colognes with manly names were patted onto skin that, only years earlier, was new to this world.
The boys and girls came together then to pose for photos that could never capture the moment before piling into rented limousines paid for with babysitting, table-busing, coffee-pouring, lawn-mowing money. The parents stood too long on the street waving to the tailpipes of rented limousines, blaming the mix of perfumes and colognes for their misty eyes.
If only they'd gone organic!
Whole Foods Market and Teens Turning Green have teamed up to encourage teens to go green for prom with a creative contest. Post a three-minute video at the Teens site on how you could "green" your prom -- think organic makeup, sustainable-fabric dresses, pedal-powered limo -- and you could win a trip to New York among other things. Deadline is March 30. (Information on the Whole Foods Market site is incorrect.)