Confession: I did not grow up in Texas. It’s OK, really. I’m proud of my Arkansas heritage. And yes, I did earn a high school diploma and even a Bachelor’s degree courtesy of the often made fun of state.
And I did it all without ever having a homecoming mum.
Believe it or not, high school football is popular in Arkansas. But the homecoming mum? Not so much. I vaguely remember the girls on the homecoming court wearing a mum, but we’re talking a REAL mum. It was just a flower, y’all. No streamers, ribbon, or bling attached.
So, this homecoming mum tradition is foreign to me. I mean, I’ve just lived through my 5th football season in Texas, and I still don’t get it.
However, this girl of mine gets it. Yup. I actually drove her to Michael’s so she could shop for mum supplies. Unfortunately, I wasn’t much help in knowing what to buy. We are mum novices.
She agreed that she should “keep it small”. After all, she is an 8th grader. She’s not YET attending the high school for which this homecoming is celebrated. I guess you could say she was just “warming up” for her future high school career.
I was actually proud of her purchases. She used a 40% off coupon to buy the main flower with attached ribbons. She added just a few personal effects. Total cost: less than $30. I hear the average cost for a mum is over $100! So, I thought she was pretty frugal for a girl who works as a babysitter for a living.
Want to know something else I don’t understand about this tradition? Look what she’s wearing it with…
jeans and a homecoming t-shirt. Shouldn’t this really be worn with nicer, dressier clothing? Nope. Guess not.
And, where do you think she spent most of the 3 hours during the football game? Under the bleachers. I guess she was checking out all the other mums that were on walking display down there.
And here she is with these cute friends. See? Our friend, KK, is even sporting a mum! She’s a first grader, y’all! Talk about starting them young!
For more history of the Texas homecoming mum tradition, as written to non-Texans, you should read 12 Things Non-Texans Need To Know About Homecoming Mums. It’s a fun read!
So, the moral of this story? I don’t think I’ll ever “get it” but I’ve decided to embrace it. I’ve only got 4 more Homecomings with this girl of mine. With a little experience under our belts, we may even go a little larger next year.
As you know, everything’s bigger in Texas! Including the homecoming mum.