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Ohio Teen Takes Great-Grandmother To Her First Prom

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An Ohio teen took his 89-year-old great-grandmother to her first prom.

Delores Dennison was unable to attend her own prom when she was in high school, so her grandson Austin, 19, made it up to her last weekend.

Inspired by a story his government teacher told him, Austin asked Granny DD to Parkway High School's prom in Rockford, Ohio.

“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. Finally I said that if I was able to go at that time, I would.”

“Mr. Minnich told me that his older brother had taken his grandma to the prom,” Austin said. “I asked Grandma if she would be my date to the prom, and she said that she would be honored. I told her that it would be my privilege.”

The day before prom, the teen took her shopping for a dress, bought her a pearl necklace and played his guitar, singing the song “Iris” for her.

The next night they went to Bob Evans and attended the prom.

"They played the Frank Sinatra song, 'I love the kisses of Delores.' Her husband used to sing that song to her. There was a standing ovation when we came out," Austin said.

“She is so funny. She was hitting the balloons with her cane,” he said. “She is really neat.”

"We got home shortly after 9 p.m., later than I go to bed these days," said Delores.

“I’ve been blessed with grandparents and great grandparents that know as much as they do,” Austin explained. “They have so many stories to tell. All I have to do is ask.”

The teen plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University next year.

Sources: USA Today, Times Bulletin

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