High school senior Ben Moser knew from the time he was in fourth grade that he would take his friend Mary Lapkowicz to prom. The two met in school and instantly formed a bond. That might not sound so unusual, but Mary has Down syndrome, and Ben has been looking out for her since the moment they met. Many kids their age weren”t so perceptive or compassionate.
Their fourth grade teacher Tracey Spogli, with whom the students have kept in touch, remembers their relationship fondly. “He watched over her constantly,” she told PennLive. “If she was looking like she wasn”t having fun, he would go over and talk to her. He would pull her into whatever activity they were doing. He just always watched out for her.”
However, two years later, the friends were separated when Mary”s family moved to a different town nearby. As they grew up, Mary assisted her high school football team as equipment manager, and Ben joined his school”s team as the quarterback.
As fate would have it, their schools” football teams played against one another, and Ben and Mary were reunited. He remembered the promise he”d made so many years ago.
Ben wrote “Prom?” on a balloon and asked her to the dance. Mary hadn”t expected Ben to follow through on his promise.
The pair posed for pictures before the big event outside Mary”s house on May 8.
Their families also got in on the pictures.
Naturally, any football rivalries were set aside at prom time.
The Central Dauphin High School 2015 prom was held in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. It was a time for these two lifelong friends to spend time together before going off on their own adventures. But even though proms are fun, stories like this remind us that compassion is always important, and that keeping our promises is essential.