TEEN BEAT: High school open houses
To celebrate my high school finale, I don’t want anything overly formal or extravagant. I just want to have a good time with the people that have been there for me throughout my high school career. I want to eat good food with my friends and look back with nostalgia on all the memories we’ve made.
It’s probably different for me than other seniors because I spent half of high school in another state surrounded by another group of people. Some of the adults who were always there for me will not be able to celebrate my graduation in person. I certainly don’t expect them to fly across the country to give me a hug and say congrats, but I’d like to figure out some way to let them know they had a positive impact on my life.
The whole open house thing is pretty foreign territory for my family. I’m the oldest, which means we have never had to organize one before. I wasn’t stressing about it until I realized some of my friends already have theirs pretty much planned out. They know what foods they will be serving, the color scheme they’ll use and the date. I know none of that.
What you have to know about me when it comes to planning is that I’m not finicky and I don’t have a strong preference about what pattern napkins I get or which colors we use. I know some folks can spend hours on these things. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that putting thought and effort into the little things is bad, but I just don’t have the energy or desire to go to that extent.
Thinking about all of this made me realize that just like how we plan and shop in different ways, all my friends’ open houses likely will differ as well. And the thing is, that’s just the way it is. It actually makes life interesting. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t do a whole lot of “frou frou” stuff, but I have friends who really enjoy that kind of style. I don’t often sugar coat things and I don’t like the color pink. My open house won’t be sloppy or anything. It will be just my style — simple and comfortable.
Sooner or later though, my mom and I are going to have to sit down and start writing the guest list and planning the so-called “menu.” I want people to feel at home at my open house and I want it to be stress-free for everyone involved. The point of an open house is to help you and your friends and family put a sense of closure on the high school chapter of your life. You are closing one door and opening hundreds of others and you should celebrate — whatever that means to you — four years of hard work.
Grace Fowler is a senior at Greenville High School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.