It's dance time again at Bank of Memories & Flowers, and it's not Homecoming or Prom. For some it's their Winter Formal or Senior Ball. But for the rest it's Sadie Hawkins, Turnabout or TWIRP.
TWIRP, which stand for The Woman Is Required to Pay, originated in the 1930's. The dance started out as Sadie Hawkins Day, named for a spinster character in the L'il Abner cartoon strip. In the comic dated Nov. 15, 1937, Sadie's father, tired of her not being married, declared Sadie Hawkins Day, a day when unmarried girls were in a footrace with the town's bachelors. If Sadie (or the girls) caught her bachelor, they would then be betrothed. That comic was a hit and , high schools and colleges across the United States held Sadie Hawkins Days, which then morphed into todays Sadies dances.
The Sadie Hawkins dance (or Turnabout or TWIRP) was a chance for young ladies to take the initiative and ask a young man to the dance. It was empowering for the ladies of the '30's and was one of the first examples of women's liberation.
Today, high school girls dream up fun ways to ask their dates to the dance and are traditionally required to pay for the festivities of the evening. Of course, the couple can bend the traditions to fit their situation.
Whether a dance or a ball, Bank of Memories & Flowers is your one stop shop for all of your floral needs.
Luan M. Kurriger
Bank of Memories & Flowers