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Grandma Never Went to Prom Because She Couldn't Afford It, Great-Grandson Gifts Her One 70 Years Later

Stephen Thompson
Mar 29, 2022
02:00 P.M.

A 19-year-old boy debunked the stereotype of sports jocks in 2014, proving they do have emotions that run deep. What did he do? He took his great-grandmother to prom.

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Austin Dennison is the kind of young man any father wouldn't mind his daughter going out with, perhaps even marrying.

Handsome as a movie star and an Eagle Scout who played for the school's football team, Austin was also an active baseball and basketball player — a jack of all trades, if you will.

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source:  facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source: facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

That's not all; he also played in the school band and was a regular church attendee with a lot of respect for his elders.

One day, he learned that his teacher had an older brother who had chosen to take his grandmother to prom rather than pick a girl his age.

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source:  facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source: facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

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It made Austin remember that his own Granny DD had not been privileged to go for her prom, too, because her family had been short on money, and times were tough.

He thought it would be a cool idea, so he called her one day to ask her an important question. "He said, 'Grandma, I want you to go to the prom with me,'" Delores Dennison said in an interview.

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source:  facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

Austin Dennison dancing with his great-grandmother at prom. | Source: facebook.com/KiSSSudbury twitter.com/AlecSchoenleben

She tried to talk him out of it by telling him she had a stroke and was not that good on her feet, but he insisted.

She even categorically asked him if he was sure he didn't want to take one of the younger girls that were no doubt fawning over him, but he told her: "I want you," and in the end, the old lady agreed to join him.

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They started the evening with Austin blessing his grandmother with an acoustic rendition of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls and a pearl necklace.

Then his father drove them to Bob Evans, one of Mrs. Dennison's favorite restaurants, where they dined before heading to the dance.

Austin was later seen gently guiding his grandmother across the dance floor hand in hand. They got a standing ovation, but he had to make a beeline for the dance floor because he knew she had only so much energy to spare.

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Respectful as ever, he kept his strides slow and measured to keep up with her. He knew she could only walk as fast as her cane would let her, and he would not embarrass or stress her.

She was dressed in a pretty blue dress paired with a cloth purse — a product of an adventure they had together while shopping for prom gowns in the young women section.

The mismatched pair engaged in a heartwarming slow dance while Frank Sinatra's "Delores" played on. That was yet another surprise he gave his grandmother, knowing the song meant a lot to her.

Austin's grandfather, who had passed on many years before, used to sing it to her. The night was lovely for all involved, and they returned home just after 9 p.m.

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