Teenage Boy Takes His 89-Year-Old Great Grandma To The Prom, Restores Collective Faith In Teenagers

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teen takes great grandma to the promIt’s that time of year again. A time for limousine drivers and tacky dressmakers to rejoice and for high school students to make their first condom purchase. But for one Ohio resident, this year’s prom is a long time coming. Delores Dennison is headed to her very first prom, which wouldn’t be all that remarkable except for the fact that Delores is 89-years-old and going with her great-grandson. Cue those pesky onion cutting ninjas!

When her 19-year-old great-grandson (who calls her “Granny DD”), Austin Dennison discovered that Delores had never attended a prom, he decided to make it happen for her. Austin is a senior at Parkway High School, in Rockford, Ohio, and he says that he was inspired by his government teacher who took their grandma to the prom years ago.

According to an interview with USA Today, Delores was touched but also a bit hesitant, but eventually agreed to go with Austin:

“He said, ‘Grandma, I want you to go to the prom with me,'” Delores Dennison told the Times Bulletin. “I had a bad heart attack and stroke. ‘I’m not that good on my feet,’ I told him.”

Even if the story ended here, I think we could all agree that Austin is an all around wonderful kid. But before the party, Austin bought Delores a beautiful pearl necklace (much better than this potential pre-prom gift) and used his guitar to serenade her. Excuse me while I SWOON (in a totally platonic way since he’s almost young enough to be my son). Austin also took his great grandma out to dinner and when the pair entered the prom, there was a standing ovation. Austin even made sure to have those ubiquitous prom photos taken, with adorable results.

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Towards the end of the evening the band played “I Love the Kisses of Delores,” which is the same song that her husband used to sing for Delores when he was alive. I hope Austin’s parents are very proud of him for being such an awesome kid. Parenting – you’re doing it right.

(Photos: Instagram)


  1. Jessie

    May 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    This is the sweetest goddamn thing I have heard all year. <3

    That aside: "A time for limousine drivers and tacky dressmakers to rejoice and for high school students to make their first condom purchase."

    I'm sorry… FIRST? Methinks you may have restored a bit TOO much faith there. 😉

    • Frances "Librle" Locke

      May 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Lol. Sometimes I forget that I was a bit of a late bloomer in that department. LOL

    • Jessie

      May 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      I was too, you aren’t alone. I just seemed to only make friends with the kids who were already sexually active for some reason lol.

    • KaeTay

      May 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Didn’t for me. I was a virgin (by choice) until I was 19. I had friends in every group. If sex is what matters in a friendship… get new friends.

    • Jessie

      May 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      .. When did I ever say it did matter? It doesn’t. I was a virgin by choice until I was 20 when I got together with my now-husband. I also had friends who weren’t sexually active, of course, I was just saying that the majority were for whatever reason.

  2. Valerie

    May 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Uggghhh. The cuteness. What an amazing kid.

  3. Kathleen Sullivan

    May 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    This was the sweetest story!

  4. Momma425

    May 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Omg, I cried. So sweet, what a great kid!

  5. Kay_Sue

    May 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This is adorable. Absolutely adorable.

  6. Elyne

    May 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Teary eyes ,that’s so sweet!

    • Frances "Librle" Locke

      May 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Same here. I basically lost it when I got to the part about the band playing her husband’s song to her.

  7. RayneofCastamere

    May 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    It’s stories like this that give hope to even my withered black prune of a heart.

  8. brebay

    May 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    His parents win the Nobel Parenting Prize.

  9. Buffy

    May 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Can’t breathe… Damn, I shouldn’t cut onions while looking here…*sobbing*

    Thank you for this story!
    Austin is such a wonderful young man, not only the invitation but all the details, from the gift to the song… Is he up for adoption? Or does he need an extra-aunt? I volunteer!

  10. the_ether

    May 5, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Aaaaah. AAAAAAAH. That is THE SWEETEST. All of it. Ugh. My eyes have twigs or something in them. Onion flavoured twigs.

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