Mom, what should I wear?
Right, like any middle school or high school kid is going to ask that question – even the vampire kid.
My 16-year-old son and his teen vampire girlfriend went to the prom dressed in black (him) and white (her), a sophisticated look from another time. 1930’s elegance mixed with a splash of Steampunk jewelry. No over done eyeliner or red lipstick. They were exceptionally cute. Her blonde hair was in waves down her shoulders. His light brown locks were slicked back from his face showing off his great profile.
They both wore their traditional vampire family rings, given to each vampire child on his or her 16th birthday. I was so proud of them!
They’d come up with the idea over lunch and she sketched her dress idea on a napkin! It was fun to see the creativity and joy so left out of the negative folklore of young vampires.
Fitting in is a matter of survival, but it doesn’t mean giving up your individuality. I remember when I was 13 years old begging to wear a bustle and my mother making me be content with a big bow. But I couldn’t feel sorry for myself because my friend Mary wore drab, dusty black clothing as if she was going to spend her entire life at a funeral. Mary’s parents were stuck in the old way of thinking that we should hide in the shadows. Don’t put that burden on your child. We’re bright and happy people. Sure we have A LOT to hide, but it doesn’t mean we have to look frumpy or limit our choices to red and black.
Don’t let them go overboard on the vampire look. The black clothes, pale skin, red lips just don’t say “Modern Vampire” or better yet it doesn’t say “Self Respecting Vampire”. Not only is it tacky but also it is degrading. Tell them to save it for Halloween.
We’ve always been sharp dressers. We just can’t help it.
Dress just like the other kids.
Paranormal doesn’t mean abnormal.