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Pictures From Homecoming, 2015

Athena’s school’s homecoming dance was last night, and of course she and her boyfriend Hunter got all dressed up for it. There was a bit of drama when the dress shop that Athena purchased her dress from hemmed it both poorly and ridiculously short, but through the kindness of friends, a last-minute substitute dress was found and in fact looked even better than the original dress.

Naturally I took photos. Here are a few.

And one of Athena, being very serious.

If you’d like to see the full homecoming picture set, it’s here.

And that’s what I have for this Sunday.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

55 replies on “Pictures From Homecoming, 2015”

One Thanksgiving when I was about Athena’s age, my grandmother looked at my brother and me and then said to my parents, “Well, neither one of you could make a plausible case for not being the parent of either of those children — they look nothing like each other but they both sure look like both of you!”

I always think of that rather odd comment when I see pictures of Athena, because gosh, she looks like both her parents — and, of course, indelibly herself.

Awesome dress.

Can’t even begin to describe the big silly grin I got on my face looking at those photos – suffice it to say that my spouse found my expression quite amusing. I particularly love the second photo in the series.

Hunter looks like a quirky, intelligent young man who is comfortable in his skin, so I am not surprised that Athena finds him interesting. Hope they had a marvelous time at the dance, and I wish them both a good year in school.

Thanks for sharing, and please also pass on thanks to both Athena and Hunter for agreeing to be featured here, as I know you would not have shared the photos without their consent.

What I love about pictures of Athena is how some of them show more of a resemblance to her father, some show more of a resemblance to her mother, and in all of them she is such a distinct individual in her own right. A goddess indeed! That full-length one of the two of them is fabulous.

And even after the last-minute dress swap, the wrist corsage and boutonniere still matched the dress! Was she looking for the same color in a backup dress, or did Hunter just luck out?

Lovely. She is an amazing young woman and he looks like a wonderful young man.

He must be a great guy. He has passed a stringent bar! Most young men only have their date’s parents to deal with in the “I will do right by your daughter” department. With Athena, there is also Whatever … :-D

I thought of your daughter today when I was writing. One planet in the story is called Athena (though I named it before, I think, your daughter was born).

She’s majestic, he’s cute as a button, and they’re adorable together. You can tell he has a sense of humor from the third picture, where she’s posing as a superhero and he’s posing as the goofy-but-lovable sidekick.

Joseph Finn: If they don’t win, it’s a shame.

Dave Crisp: Yes, it does. In fact, calling him Enzo is…pretty ill-omened in the first place.

@Gerald Tishman Really? Why are you perpetuating that tired & sexist meme? The idea that fathers need to imply threats towards guys their daughters are dating in order to protect said daughter is just… ick! Did you even think about what that “joke” implies about Scalzi? and about Athena? and about Hunter?

Okay, feminist soapbox moment over. Everybody looks super adorable (with a side order of adorkable) and I hope they had a lovely time.

Maybe I’m just Too Old (spoiler: I’m at least 15 years younger than Scalzi by now) or cultural standards are different on this side of the pond, but Athena’s emergency backup dress looks scandalously short for a school ball to me – so I hate to think just how short the dress shop cut the original one!

Doug B, or maybe Athena got herself home by curfew–and perhaps even got Hunter home by his curfew. No information was given on who was providing the transportation.

Fletcher, I don’t think the dress is scandalously short for a high school dance. I’m considerably older than Scalzi, and I wore some incredibly short minidresses in my time. But it’s short all right. I too wondered about the dress shop dress.

Could someone explain Homecoming to a Cancuck? They are going to a party at their current school so it’s not their Homecoming.. So whose is it?

They look fabulous together – full of fun and feistyness!

In the third one down, they look like super-spies!

(Someone made a shotgun joke to me, yesterday, in front of the three-year-old daughter in question. I said, “No, she can take care or herself. She’s a superhero!” She concurred, “If any bad guy comes, I will hit them, and kick them, and punch them.” …And as we know, Athena is a trained puncher.)

@Gerald – And of course you showed Hunter your shotgun collection

I assume you mean his Journey collection. If Hunter doesn’t treat her well then he is locked in a room and forced to listen to all of Journey’s Greatest Hits. With John Scalzi himself accompanying on the ukulele.

@Anne from Canada-

In theory, alumni come back during Homecoming weekend for a big (football) game. In practice, many high schools have a Homecoming dance that does not otherwise involve anyone coming home – it’s just the name of the fall formal.

Thanks @Katydid.
So “Homecoming dance” has the same flight path thought time as “dial the phone” and “crank the engine”. Cool…

BTW Kudos to The Photogra-father! Excellent shots.

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