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Delores Dennison never went to her high school prom. Times were tough. Money was scarce -- just enough for the necessities. But if she had gone to the prom, Delores might have imagined wearing a lovely dress and promenading through a sea of balloons and dancing with a handsome young man on a crisp April evening. She might have imagined the band playing the Frank Sinatra song, "How I love the kisses of Delores."
But the days of promenades have long passed for Delores, now 89-years-old. Youth and vigor have given way to heart trouble and a stroke. And the handsome young man who became the love of her life -- the man who used to sing to her that Frank Sinatra song, passed away many years ago. "I respect my elders greatly," Austin Dennison old me. "They have a great influence on my life. To be able to sit down and talk to them and learn from them and their experiences is a great thing."
A few months back, Delores received a telephone call from her great-grandson. Austin is 19-years-old, a senior at Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio. And he had a very important question for his "Granny DD." "I asked her if she would be my prom date," Austin told me. "How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?"
Still, the proposal took Delores by surprise. "He was so sweet and adamant about it," Delores told me. "I asked him, 'But are you sure that you wouldn't like to take one of the young ladies who could get out there and do everything with you?' He said no. 'I want you.'"
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