Prom

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have fun with his friends.”

As she sat on the side­lines, Fa­tima said that O’Hara teach­ers ap­proached her be­cause they thought she was a stu­dent, sit­ting by her­self.

“They asked me what school I went to, be­cause they didn’t rec­og­nize me as an O’Hara stu­dent,” laughed the youth­ful-look­ing mother. “Crys­tal Room staff thought I was at my high school prom too. It was all flat­ter­ing and un­ex­pected.”

As word spread that Nas­sir had brought his mother as his prom date, stu­dents wan­dered up to her to see if it was true.

“When I told my friends that I brought my mom to the prom, they were all like ‘No way,’” Nas­sir said proudly. He had told no one of his spe­cial guest in ad­vance. “At first, none of my friends be­lieved me. Then they saw her and said, ‘Woah, are you se­ri­ous? She looks so young’ and I told them that she gets that all of the time.”

“The kids were great,” Fa­tima re­counted. “They all thought the whole thing was pretty cool. Go­ing to se­nior prom with Nas­sir more than made up for miss­ing my own prom. I had so much on my mind back then and it just wasn’t im­por­tant to me, to be hon­est. At Nas­sir’s prom, how­ever, it was dif­fer­ent. It was all about just hav­ing an en­joy­able time for us both.”

Fa­tima said her son was a “won­der­ful” and “at­ten­tive” date, “a re­ally sweet guy,” mak­ing sure that she didn’t feel awk­ward and that she truly en­joyed her­self. Her dress had a long train on the back and she said that Nas­sir lifted it off the floor and car­ried it be­hind her, ev­ery­where she went. He brought her bev­er­ages to the ta­ble and “couldn’t have been more of a gen­tle­man.”

“The prom prob­a­bly would have been bet­ter with my peers, but it was a won­der­ful night, one that we will never, ever for­get,” Fa­tima said. “I loved look­ing at all the beau­ti­ful out­fits that the kids wore. The girls’ dresses were just gor­geous, re­ally cou­ture look­ing. The guys looked re­ally nice too.”

When the prom ended, mother and son went home, think­ing that, ex­cept for their fond mem­o­ries, their prom ex­pe­ri­ence was over. In the mean­time, their pho­tos and videos were go­ing vi­ral.

The very first photo and blurb about the gen­er­a­tional cou­ple re­ceived 6,700 retweets. From there, the mo­men­tum kept build­ing. The Face­book Live video got al­most 3,000 views, the Knox video got al­most 4,000 views, the “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” post got 31.7 views and the most stag­ger­ing was the BET web­site post­ing, which re­ceived 2.5 mil­lion views. Ac­cord­ing to Fa­tima, GMA told her that their in­ter­view has been the most retweeted tap­ing of 2018 thus far.

In the past two weeks, the mother and son have done interviews on Fox News, Fox 29, BET and “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” and have been writ­ten about on Ya­hoo!, The Shade Room, The Wash­ing­ton Post and by nu­mer­ous blog­gers and vlog­gers. Fa­tima said that ev­ery time she checks, her in­box has mes­sages from around the world.

“In ad­di­tion to be­ing the talk of Ch­ester and the talk of O’Hara,” Fa­tima said in­cred­u­lously, “sud­denly we were the talk around the world. Peo­ple wrote me from all over the United States, plus Morocco, In­dia, Eng­land, South Africa — you name it — let­ters are com­ing in from ev­ery cor­ner of the earth.”

The young mother, who en­joys her ca­reer help­ing to build he­li­copters for the mil­i­tary, will soon launch her own in­te­rior de­sign com­pany. She said that women from around the world told her that read­ing the mother/son prom story was in­spi­ra­tional and touch­ing.

“So many peo­ple who never went to their prom, for all kinds of rea­sons, got in touch with me,” Fa­tima stated. “Teen moth­ers wrote and older women who were once teen moth­ers reached out. The younger moms told me, ‘Peo­ple say we will never amount to any­thing be­cause we be­came preg­nant so young. Some­one like you is an in­spi­ra­tion.’ This kind of let­ter is what made me feel re­ally good about the pub­lic­ity be­cause I am nor­mally a pri­vate per­son and not used to this type of at­ten­tion.”

One mother in North­east Philadel­phia wrote with con­cern that her own daugh­ter, who at­tends an all-girl high school, may not have a prom date and, there­fore, will have to miss her prom. Mother and son dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion, and now that he saw how much fun that a prom can be, Nas­sir of­fered to es­cort the stu­dent to St. Hu­bert’s Se­nior Prom on May 5.

“I want her to have a good time at her prom, like I did,” the friendly soon-to-be –again prom date said.

With only a lit­tle over a month left be­fore grad­u­at­ing, Nas­sir is still un­de­cided where he will at­tend col­lege next year, but hopes to study com­mu­ni­ca­tions and have a ca­reer in mu­sic pro­duc­tion, tele­vi­sion or busi­ness.

“My high school years at O’Hara have been great,” Nas­sir said, smil­ing. “I have met a lot of friends and will leave here with a ton of good mem­o­ries — es­pe­cially the good time that I had at my se­nior prom.”

COUR­TESY OF DIONTE WADE

Fa­tima Faruq and her son Nas­sir Al-Faruq stand out­side their Ch­ester home next to the black Mercedes which they rode in to the Car­di­nal O’Hara High School Se­nior Prom.

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