Prom is supposed to be this legendary night of your high school life where you rent a limo, go to a fancy restaurant, get dolled up and dance the night away. For Brittany it was definitely legendary, but for a completely different reason.
Andrew Shumway and Brittany Klocke met randomly in an airport during a layover in Orlando after their flight was canceled. They had both just finished a vacation at Disney World and were headed home.
“I came across Andrew and I could not pass him by, not to say hello,” said Brittany.
“Brittany approached our family and started visiting with Andrew and they become best of friends,” said Lauri Shumway, Andrew’s mom.
Andrew won her over right away with his smile and knock-knock jokes.
“We just talked for a really long time, he told me all his funniest jokes and he just stole my heart, and I fell in love with him,” said Brittany.
While at the airport Andrew invited Brittany to be his date for prom, the only problem was he lived five hours away from her, not to mention his prom was the same night as her own. I say “problem” because either of those facts would be enough for most people to politely decline … but Brittany isn’t most people.
“I’m just so happy that he invited me to come,” she said.
Brittany skipped her senior prom and drove five hours to accompany Andrew to his dance.
“Once I had this opportunity to go with Andrew, I could not just go to my own high school prom, because it is so much more of a greater experience than a silly high school dance will ever be,” said Brittany.
As it turns out, there was a lot more to the story than a dance. “Her little brother is also on the autism spectrum, so I think she hopes that someday, someone will remember that Caden is a person too and take him to prom,” said Kari Klocke, Brittany’s mom.
I don’t even know what to say. You hear of beautiful people but this kind of selflessness at this young of an age is beyond anything I’ve heard of. Brittany wants to be a nurse, of course, and plans on visiting Andrew this summer.