What’s the Deal with the Homecoming Mum?

by Dinner Hero on October 25, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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