Going to prom with one’s sweetheart or a person who is particularly significant in one’s life is a fantasy shared by everyone. Although it is not unheard of, taking a member of your family to the prom is not the norm.
But for a junior student from Virginia, he did just that and accompanied his grandmother to what may be one of the most heartwarming events that has ever occurred at a prom.
Stephen Vigil, a senior at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was about to reach a significant point in his high school career in 2017 when he learned about a piece of devastating news: his grandmother Julia Vigil, who was 91 years old at the time, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Stephen Vigil’s family had been through a lot in the past few years, and the news of his grandmother’s illness devastated him.
Because doctors had given his grandma just a six-month prognosis, he decided to make the most of the time he had left with her by bringing her to the prom. Virgil saw Jarman not just as his grandma but also as his closest confidante and companion. Therefore, it was not surprising that he choose her to be his date.
According to Virgil’s comments, “Ever since I was a kid, we’ve been like best pals.”
In addition to the fact that he wished for it to be one of the most significant events in his life, Virgil was surprised to learn that his grandmother had skipped her own prom. When Virgil asked Jarman out on a date, Jarman was obviously taken aback by the request.
Therefore, Virgil and his mother went to the principal of the school to ask for permission for Virgil to bring his grandmother with him to the prom.
According to Virgil’s statement to the Huffington Post, “I wanted to invite my grandma to prom because I wanted to do something special for her.”
It would seem that the school does not, on the whole, admit anybody older than 21 years old, however, the situation was rather different for Virgil and Jarman.
Upon Virgil and Jarman’s arrival to the location, Jarman was presented with a tiara and a sash that had been customized particularly for her. The fact that the prom took place on the evening before Virgil’s 92nd birthday made it an even more memorable event.
Jarman also demonstrated that she is the most wonderful grandma by selecting a blue outfit that coordinated with her grandson’s vest and bow tie. Virgil also requested that the DJ play one of Jarman’s all-time favorite songs, which was Elvis Presley’s version of the timeless classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” They did dance to it.
“She was singing it along with me as we were dancing, and I was nearly brought to tears by her performance, That evening spent with my grandma is one I won’t soon forget.” he recalled.