Wheelchair dad dances with daughter at prom after no one asked her

«Have fun, darling,» Gregory said to his daughter Erica, who is finally ready to go to the ball. However, the girl did not dare to enter the door, because she did not have a beau, unlike her two only friends.

She was always shy, and no one invited her to the ball. But Gregory and his wife Olive were sure that she would have a great time.

You know another student might not have a beau either, and he might ask you to dance Olive added as she pushed her daughter toward the exit. One of Erica’s friends was driving, and they wished her parents a good night.

Despite her worries, Erica had a good time at the dance. It didn’t matter if she didn’t have a partner, and her mother was right. Some people also came alone, others came in groups with their friends, like her. In the end, she worried about nothing. She enjoyed dancing and taking pictures with her friends, especially because it was one of the last memories she made with them before going to college.

Erica sat down and watched as everyone paired up to dance slows; even those who hadn’t come with dates managed to find someone.

Somehow, this still made her feel uncomfortable. The only other people not dancing were a few parents who had volunteered to watch the event. Hopefully, people wouldn’t notice her, and the slow dance would soon be over.

However, something in the corner caught her eye, and she saw her father rolling his chair toward her with a big smile. Would you like to dance, young lady? he asked, holding out his hand

He frowned, seeing her distressed face, and finally, the man noticed the laughter and stares from the other children.

But his daughter was too embarrassed, and nothing was worse than seeing her child hurt.

Erica returned to the table and opened one of the bottles of water to calm herself down. She wanted to get this night over with and forget about it. High school was horrible. The people were horrible, and she couldn’t wait to get to college.

Suddenly, the music stopped completely and people turned to the small stage where the DJ had set up his equipment.

But Erica saw how the people who laughed at their dancing sneered wickedly at him. She wanted to protect him from them. But her father was about to defend her.

The whole room was now silent. No more mocking. No more snickering. Nothing. Erica focused solely on her father, who had never talked about his accident in such detail with her.

«You’d be surprised to know that some of the people I saved are here today. Samantha and Katherine, standing on the corner over there, for example,» he pointed, and people looked toward those moms. «I think your kids are Austin and Richard, the ones who made fun of me and my daughter dancing.»

Everyone looked at the kids he mentioned, and they looked ashamed of themselves.

«But they weren’t the only ones, of course. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I feel I have saved enough people and worked hard in my life that I can dance with my daughter on her prom night without being laughed at. I thought we had progressed and that this new generation believed in inclusion, tolerance and understanding. But it saddens me to see that my former high school friends raised kids who would make fun of a disabled man and his child just for dancing…. I hope you learn from this. In the meantime, my daughter and I will continue to have fun tonight. Thank you,» Gregory finished. He handed back the microphone, and some of the children helped him off the platform.

Erica smiled, tears streaming down her face. She had never known that her father had been a hero, and she planned to ask him more about it later.

Gregory came up to her, held out her hand again, and she couldn’t say no. The music started again, and they danced the night away. Her friends and their companions joined them in the rhythmic songs.

At one point, Erica saw the mothers her father had mentioned scolding their children, and she smiled. Serves them right, she thought bitterly, and continued to enjoy herself. Some of the children who had been scolded came over to apologize a few minutes later, and one boy asked Erica for a dance, but she refused him and continued to enjoy the evening with her father.

At the end of the party, Gregory took her out for ice cream, where Erica asked him about the accident, marveling at the courage her father had shown at her age. It was then that she decided she wanted to be a paramedic in the future. She also wanted to save lives.

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