I stopped by Micheals last week (to buy a basket in which to keep Lincoln's toys and some fake flowers to sew on my creation quilt) and I was accosted by mums and mum-making-supplies. I'm pretty sure it's a Texas thing. And I'm pretty sure I haven't laughed so hard in quite some time.
Apparently, high school girls go nutty creating these corsages-gone-wild for homecoming.
There are ribbons braided in all kinds of fancy patterns, tons of plastic charms proclaiming your participation in band, cheerleading, volleyball, student government, etc etc etc. Of course, if your boyfriend plays football, I'm sure you can a charm with his jersey number.
I am a bad bad bad blogger because I wasn't carrying my camera so I couldn't take a picture of the display which showed a "good" "better" and "best" mum. Here's an example I lifted on google images.
This would barely quality as "good." Better and best have tons more crap on them. I've actually seen pictures of girls wearing these things. I don't know how they strap them on, when or where they wear them or how they might concentrate on their studys when they are blinded by all the glitter and satiny surfaces.
I must confess, if I'd gone to highschool in Texas, I'm sure I would have been right there at Michaels filling my basket and giggling with my girlfriends. Tradition is good even when it's totally kooky and over the top.