He may only be eleven years old, but tonight Zack attended his first ever prom! Crazy, I know…and super fun.
For the past year Zack has been attending a Young Life Club at our church called Capernaum. Taken directly from the younglife.org web page: Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. Without a doubt, club night is Zack’s favorite night of the month.
When Zack began attending Capernaum, we had no idea about prom. We began hearing about it as the year progressed and thought it would be a fun thing to do. We also imagined that it would be similar to most of the other meetings of the year with a little dancing mixed in…..WRONG! This was a full-out PROM people. The rest of this post will just be videos and pictures of Zack’s amazing night with a few comments thrown in to make things more interesting!
While I CAN tie a decent tie, my skills are a bit rusty now that our older boys are grown. Jim was away on business this week, so our neighbor kindly offered to help make sure Zack had a good-looking knot. Thanks, Bill!Zachary’s Grand Entrance! This was how all of the participants were announced. Zack definitely felt like a VIP tonight. Zack was escorted by his buddy, Dan. Or as Zack likes to call him, “My life-long best friend.”
The amazing Elizabeth, Capernaum Leader and dear friend. I am still in awe thinking about all of the work that went into this night!
The kids were treated to limo rides. I am pretty sure my son thought he was in heaven. And really, tonight was a like a little taste of heaven on earth. It has been a really hard year for Zack, in many different ways, so being loved on and treated with such kindness was just what this kiddo needed. At bedtime he asked if he will still be a VIP tomorrow. I told him he will always be a VIP to me. He asked if that meant I would buy him a limo…
The face of a child in awe and wonder. I mean, come on! That is pure joy right there. I hope he has this look on his face often over the course of his life. Like his flower? They thought of everything….goodness knows his mama did not think of that!
Zack busting out his moves with his buddies who graduated from high school just last night. Can I just take a moment to tell you how amazing these guys (and girls) are? Their hearts for people with disabilities is something beautiful to see. The way they love on these kids, enjoy hanging out with them and encouraging them is truly remarkable. I cannot even begin to describe how it blesses us.
Zack only allowed me to dance with him twice tonight. And so it begins….those teenage years are almost here. I will take what I can get, even if dancing means I hold his 60 pound body and jump around while he sings. I am pretty sure that counts as an extra workout, right? Happily, he did agree to take a picture with me and ended the night giving me great big hugs. I guess I will keep him around a little bit longer.
Hug your babies!