Like many high school seniors across the nation, 17-year-old Rachel Chapman has spent the lockdown period missing out on traditional teen milestones, including the senior prom. However, thanks to a small act of kindness by one truly thoughtful kid, Rogers was able to have a prom experience to remember. When 7-year-old Curtis Rogers found out his nanny (Chapman) wasn’t getting a prom, he decided to take action. The little prom king threw a special dance just for her, complete with fine dining, banging Disney tunes, and dancing.
Chapman was returning home from a Class of 2020 parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, when she found Curtis waiting on her doorstep. He held a sign with a “promposal”: “Mini Prom isn’t today but will you go on Monday?”
My daughter has been a nanny for this amazing kid for over a year. When he realized she wouldn’t have a senior prom, he wanted to throw her one. He planned a socially distant prom, complete with dancing & her favorite foods. @somegoodnews @ABC11_WTVD #bestpromever #SomeGoodNews pic.twitter.com/8T8LY3DQZw— Becky Chapman (@bhchapman) May 26, 2020
“He came up with the slogan,” Curtis’ mother Elissa Rogers told TODAY. “He’s a pretty creative kid and really wanted to make sure everything was perfect.” Of course, when Chapman saw what Curtis had prepared, she couldn’t help but say yes.
“I planned it out because Rachel probably wanted to see me a lot,” Curtis told ABC 11 news, also admitting that he’d been missing his nanny after two months of lockdown. “She also is one of the best people I’ve ever known.”
A Prom Night To Remember
On prom night, Curtis pulled out all the stops to make sure that his nanny got the prom experience she deserved.
“He was very excited and wanted to make sure everything was just right and get his suit on and pick his bowtie that matched her dress,” his mom told ABC 11. “It was really cute. He was really excited for it to start and make sure he was ready to impress her.”
The mini prom was held in the Rogers’ backyard, where Curtis waited for his date with a red pool noodle to ensure safe social distancing. The night began with a sumptuous meal of apple and peanut butter appetizers, entrees from Chick-fil-A, and Tropical Smoothies for desert.
“It was really sweet,” said Chapman. “He even got my favorite drink and sauce. He remembered it all.”
The night continued with music — a Disney song playlist curated by Curtis — and dancing.
For Chapman, the mini prom took some of the sting out of not having a traditional dance to attend.
“I was kind of like bummed putting my dress on because I was sad; I don’t get to go to my senior prom,” she said. “After leaving it and having that time with him, because it was the first time I had seen him in two months, it was like, really fun, and I’m really glad that he did that.”
Meanwhile, Curtis’ mom says that the pair’s date highlights how much their family has come to appreciate Chapman.
“Rachel is one of our favorite people and she helps around the house a lot,” she said. “So, Rachel’s like the best nanny ever.”
As for Chapman, the act of kindness from her little friend succeeded in lifting her spirits.
“It made me feel special because it showed me he really cared,” she said.