Thursday, April 16, 2015
prom with a promise
The night had finally come that would give Kayla and Cody their magical moment on the dance floor. I stood off to the side snapping photos next to Kayla's mother Linda, while her father Peter and my sister Marie captured shots from another angle. All of us over joyed that our children were sharing this special night together. It had broken all our hearts when almost a year ago to the day, as fate would have it, the High School Prom night had been traumatically altered for this very special couple. But today thanks to the Shriners Annual Prom Cody and Kayla were offered another chance to fulfill a dream.
I stood looking down the long corridor feeling extreme happiness. Something I had not felt in quite a while. Young ladies in beautiful gowns lined the hallway escorted by handsome young men in tuxes. My two sons in wheelchairs and their lovely dates were first in the line for the Grand March. It seemed already magic was at work to our advantage. Having both my sons in front of the line would help keep them from letting anticipation grow to much. With cameras in hand we snapped picture after picture of our children as they were introduced to the waiting crowd. First my youngest son Josiah with my niece Kayla looking adorable in his white tuxedo coat and her in a beautiful glittery cream knee length dress. Followed by his big brother Cody. Linda and I sharing in our emotions of pure joy as we listened to Kayla and Cody be announced. This was a chance that allowed them both the experience to feel like every other Teenager . A mile stone for them that was not limited or in anyway inhibited by their physical challenges. A night where they were presented just like all the other young couples. A night that would give them lasting memories. A night that would also to our surprise fill our hearts as parents with deep admiration for both Kayla and Cody.
It was a beautiful night, everything seemed to be going smoothly, we watched Cody and Kayla shine as they danced together. While Linda and I paraded around them like Paparazzi they handled the constant click of cameras with out complaint. Towards the end of the night as we stood encircled around the two discussing a few other last photo options that we should take of them together, Kayla and Cody took it upon themselves to create a magical moment. A moment that caught us all in surprise. Seizing the opportunity perfectly Kayla quickly assisted in handing Cody a ring with a sparkling stone. Without any hesitation Cody very carefully placed the ring on her finger asking Kayla to marry him. We stood surrounding them holding our hearts and our tears of joy. Kayla very gently bent down to Cody to seal the acceptance with a kiss.
Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children, even special needs parents. This is the stuff dreams are made of. The magical moments in life that can make hope a reality.