Retrospective of Spectacular Floral Tradition

Homecoming Mums

Amongst the windy Fall, Texan highschoolers don grand, ostentatious floral pins that almost eclipse the mass of a single parade float. Virtually unknown outside the Lone Star State, mums went from simple corsages into lucrative badges of honor by the mid to late twentieth century. Now, craft stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby sell materials for DIY mums, including every color representing their nearby school districts.

Despite a beloved tradition, there are stories of these flowers causing disruption in the hallways.

“I wore a mum during my eighth grade year,” junior Ashlynn McBrayer said.  “It was so huge that I kept tripping over the ribbons.”

JV Cheer Coach Tonya Gschnell had a similar situation when she was in high school.

“My mum was a double,” she said. “It was made with fresh flowers. It started out as a double, and ended up as a single because one of the flowers completely fell apart. I left a trail of petals everywhere I went that night.”

Since bells, lights, voice boxes, and other miscellaneous items permeate contemporary mums, they can cost well into the triple digits. As such, there is a polarizing division on the appropriate budget allocated towards mums.

When asked on their preferred spending amount, an anonymous student, with a slight smile, said, “Zero; women aren’t worth it.” Others took a more moderate standing: sophomore Harvey Braden said, “I don’t know. Maybe between 20 to 30 dollars.”

Certain people have argued that mums signify social status to the wearer. Lifestyle site Jezebel reports that popular kids most likely wear elaborate mums, citing a story where a cheerleader received an arm garter from her cheer squad and two additional mums from her family and date respectively.  The aforementioned anonymous individual said, “Mums convey self worth; the bigger they are, the more they make people feel better about themselves, just like catching a big fish.”

Whether people like them or not, mums will continue showing up in schools across Texas for many years to come.