In October of 2000, I was elected Pasadena City College Homecoming Princess.
I had just started my year there. It was August. I noticed that there were signs around campus saying “submit an essay on why you feel you should be on the Homecoming Court” or something to that effect.
Well, I knew that if the selection was based on writing skills and not physical appearance, I had a chance.
I started to draft an essay. I have no remembrance of anything I wrote, at all. I just remember turning it in, getting chosen for the Court and having to go to the Homecoming events the week before the Homecoming Game.
The theme was Mardi Gras so events included contests, bead throwing, but no flashing body parts. Ha!
So on the day of the Homecoming football game, we dressed up in formals. I got to wear a nice looking maroon sash that said “Homecoming Princess” on it. I also wore a Princess tiara. Both were provided to us by the school. I have tried to look for both those items but I believe they got lost.
There was a ceremony dinner for family of the court and King and Queen. Photos were taken (although a search on the internet and the PCC website doesn’t seem to remember photos taken as I can’t find one anywhere).
Then we piled into small Miata’s and drove around the football field, waving all nice. I felt like I was in a parade again.
My family was there, my two sisters and the man who would be my future husband and soon after that future ex-husband was there, sulking because he hadn’t had beer in him yet.
We drove around the field once then drove off and that was it. I didn’t stay for the game or anything else. My family and I went out to eat and that was it.
Still, it was one of my more proud moments.
Below is a picture taken by my mother, October 2000. I was 23 years old.