Michigan High School Senior, Danotiss Smith, Asks his Loving Mom to Be his Prom Date

© The Huffington Post Danotiss Smith and his mom, Belinda Hunt-Smith.
© The Huffington Post Danotiss Smith and his mom, Belinda Hunt-Smith.

A Michigan senior is going to spend one of high school’s most important nights doing something special for, and with, his mother. 

One afternoon last month, Belinda Hunt-Smith asked her 18-year-old son Danotiss Smith — whom she lovingly calls Stump, a nickname his great-grandfather gave him two days after he was born — about who he was taking to prom.

Unexpectedly, Stump told his mom he didn’t want to take anyone but her.

“He explained it to me like, ‘You’re always there, you do everything for me. I want you to go,” Hunt-Smith, who lives in Pontiac, told The Huffington Post. “For him to want to share that moment with me… I’m at a loss for words.”

The invitation was particularly meaningful to Hunt-Smith because, as her son knew, she didn’t go to her own prom. She turned down several dates because she couldn’t afford to buy a dress or get her hair done.

“It tore me up inside, because I really wanted to go. I think I cried every night up until prom,” Hunt-Smith said. She told classmates who asked why she wasn’t there that she hadn’t wanted to attend.

“I didn’t want people to know that I was in a bad situation,” she explained. “I [told myself] ‘If I ever have kids I’ll make sure they can go.'”

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Source:  The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz

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