I say quite often that it’s typically the smallest acts of kindness that make the biggest impact. It’s the smile when you’re having a bad day. It’s a compliment when you’re feeling less than accomplished. It’s the sweet gesture that required some thought and action on the part of someone else that can always make you feel as if you are on top of the world. And that’s what Joy Webb knew. She might only be in her teens, but she knows something that other people just don’t know – it’s not all about you. Sometimes it’s about other people and it’s about doing things that are kind. And that’s why she took her 80-year-old grandfather to her prom. He never got to go when he was in high school, and his granddaughter knew this. That’s why she asked him to be her date for the evening.
“My family is everything to me, and I love him so much and it’s just like really special to me because I know not many people get to do that. And I know he loves me, and I love him, and it’s just really neat and special,” said the teen when asked why she wanted to take her grandfather with her to the prom. It’s never too late to get to experience something magical, like the beauty of high school prom – even at 80. James Drain might not have been able to go to his own prom growing up, but someone knew that the experience was one he would enjoy and that someone was his granddaughter. The two enjoyed the evening dancing away. Drain donned a tux for the first time in his life, and he and his ‘date’ even arrived to the prom in a horse-drawn carriage. It was a true Cinderella story if ever there was one.
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