Special Ed Prom

March 28, 2017

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My partner in PE (let’s called him Ab) walked straight up to me, which is very unusual. Normally he wanders around or stands there, waiting for me to walk with him or walk with another guy partner. Never has he just walked up to me. I said hi to him and asked what’s up because it looked like he wanted to ask me a question. He didn’t answer, and we started walking. I brushed it off, thinking that it was nothing important.

I talked to him about what car I should get because my parents and I were looking at cars for college. Then he said something about asking Coach C (the Partners in PE coach), which I thought was also strange. I don’t remember what happens afterwards, but I overheard her asking him if he has asked the question. He turns beet red and shakes his head no.

I began wondering what question she was talking about. Obviously it’s somewhat of an embarrassing question for him based on the way he reacted.

Coach C tells him that she won’t tell me that he wants to ask me a question. Then immediately, she comes over and spills the beans. She says, “Ab wants to ask you to prom, but he’s really scared and nervous.” I was flattered and surprised. She continues, “You don’t have to say yes. It’s ok if you don’t want to go.” To this I say, “Of course I want to go. I think it’s very sweet.”

Coach C makes him promise to ask me that day but he didn’t do so until the next day I saw him (with much prompting from the coach). He asked during lunch; he almost didn’t ask again. But Coach C was going to make him ask that day. She first filled me in, checked with Ab, then got one of my colleagues to tell me to go to the table he was sitting at.

With a very red face and nervous tone, he asks if I want to go to prom with him. I tell him yes. He informs me the date and says that he’s happy that I will go with him.

Little does he know that his childlike apprehension and lovely question left me with warm fuzzies in my heart.

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