The Reason This Teen Asked His Mom To Prom Will Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes Today

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prom-corsage-photoSaying a guy took his mom or cousin to prom appears to have been a slick burn among the teens in 80s movies, but one Michigan teen just asked his mother to go to prom with him for real, and it’s so sweet it will redeem your faith in young people.

According to Good Morning America, 18-year-old Danotiss Smith will be attending the senior prom for Waterford Kettering High School in Pontiac, Mich., with his mother, Belinda Smith. It’s not for lack of other options, or because his mother is some odd Lucille Bluth type. It’s just because Danotiss is the sweetest kid in the whole world.

Belinda Smith’s prom was in 1991, but she did not go even though she desperately wanted to. She said her mother died in 1985, and her mother’s passing left Smith and her siblings in a very tough financial position, so there was no money for her to go to prom.

“I wasn’t able to attend,” she said. “It goes back to when my mother passed in ’85 and our whole life basically changed overnight. I remember my sister going to prom and I couldn’t wait to go. I was asked to the prom but we didn’t have the money. I didn’t want my friends to know I didn’t have the funds, so I just acted like I didn’t want to go. Every day after school leading up to prom I cried. I just wanted to go so bad.”

That poor woman. My heart breaks for the teenager she was in 1991 and the mother she lost as a girl. But in the years since she has raised a wonderful son, who decided that because his mother could not go to her own prom, he would bring her to his and they would go together.

Smith says she was stunned by Danotiss’ “promposal.”

“I was flattered,” she said. “I asked him, ‘You don’t want to ask someone else? ‘You don’t have a special friend, someone cool that you can have fun with?’ I’m still elated. I’m just so happy that he wanted to share his day with me.”

Danotiss is much sweeter, more mature, and more selfless than I was at his age. I’m deeply impressed by what a great kid he is.

Smith has picked out her “prom dress” and says she’ll be wearing orange. Danotiss says he got his mother a white corsage.

“I just want her to enjoy it,” he said. “I want her to get that experience and have some fun.”

I hope Smith has a good time at her prom, and I imagine she is very proud of what a great son she has.