I should start off by first saying that when I was in high school a dance was a dance was a dance. Dances could be clarified as "just a dance", or "semi-formal" (like the Winter dance) or "formal" (like Prom). But out HERE, they refer to casual dances as "stomps" while "dances" usually hold some sort of formality to it, like homecoming, Sadie Hawkins, Prom, etc.
Let me explain what I mean by "Formality". Apparently, it's a BIG deal on HOW you ask the person you want to take to the dance. And then it's a BIG deal on how the proposee replies to the proposer. I know... it makes my head spin too. Seems like an awful lot of pressure in high school. And I worry about the guys that go through all of the hype of asking the girl out and then gets rejected. Rejection is hard enough without having to come up with the formality of popping the question. Nonetheless, it's just the way it is here, and I suppose rejection is all a part of growing up, isn't it? And I suppose most teens don't ask someone unless they are pretty certain they'll get a "yes" response.
When my son asked his date to homecoming a few months back, he was in his car and saw her walking. He basically stuck his head out of the window and said, "Hey. So, you wanna go to homecoming with me?" And her reply was a simple and sweet, "sure." Simple. Sweet. But then again, he was raised by a Hoosier who wasn't up to snuff on the whole gotta-do-a-big-proposal-for-the-dance ceremony. In a way, it sort of seems archaic to me too. But I can also see how fun and creative it can be, especially once you get in proposal mode.
Okay, so now on to the title of the post. The Sadie Hawkins dance. This is a dance our local high school does typically around Halloween. The students go dressed in costume. (When I was a teen, "Sadie Hawkins" WAS the costume!) Anyway, this dance is girl-ask-guy (some schools call this MORP - backwards PROM).
This is how The Girl asked FunnyMan...
The Girl and her sister and best friend filled my front room with balloons containing slips of paper. He had to pop all of them in order to find the one with the question, "Will you go to Sadie's with me?" The other notes were inside jokes and "keep going" type of stuff.
So his answer? Well, you'll have to come back tomorrow for that! :)