Back in second grade, Ben and Mary became good friends, and Ben promised Mary that one day, he would take her to the prom. In those days of childhood innocence, Ben didn’t see Mary as someone who was different; she was just a girl, but a girl he liked very much.
Well years went by and they remained close friends while going through elementary, junior high, and high school. Through those years, Ben was always looking out for her. Then, it was time for the prom.
Ben kept his promise to Mary, the little girl he had made good friends with way back in second grade; the little girl who, with Downs Syndrome, was viewed as different by so many others, but someone Ben viewed only as a good friend. And when the prom came, Ben, now a very popular quarterback on the school’s football team, walked proudly with Mary, all dressed up, arm-in-arm.
And Mary spent that night being treated like a fairy-tale princess by her charming Prince Ben. And a promise made long ago to a friend was complete.