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Ovation: Kasey Rosen For Prom Queen!


JoshAndKaseyLike most high school students of the 1970s, I found myself at a prom.  Unlike most, however, I dreaded the evening from the moment I accepted the invitation to attend.  The only reason I went was because my best friend insisted that we go on a double date.  I was assured that we would have a wonderful time.  I did not.  The combination of locking the keys in the ignition of the car at the valet stand on a busy city street, a sweltering end-of-May Saturday evening, an empty bank account and shoes that left my feet feeling like bloody stumps by night end, my prom experience was certainly not the sort that inspires romantic comedies and chick flicks.  But I went.  I crossed that sucker off my Bucket List.

Prom night is different, I suppose, when you’re in love.

Josh Popkin, a junior at Sherwood High School in Olney, Maryland, had planned to attend his prom last Saturday at Baltimore’s National Aquarium with his girlfriend, Kasey Rosen, but a collapsed lung landed him in D.C.’s Children’s Hospital instead.

Apparently, after having spent a lot of time and energy getting ready for the big night, Popkin insisted that Kasey, a senior, go to the prom without him.  But, with her hair and makeup done and after posing for a few pictures with friends, Kasey surprised Josh by showing up at his hospital room in her prom dress looking beautiful for their big night.

“It took me forever to find a dress.  It was stressful.  We went through a lot together to get ready for the prom.  I couldn’t have imagined going without him.  It had more meaning behind it.  It was not your typical prom.  It was just more special to me.” – Kasey Rosen

The hospital room was decorated with balloons and a bubble machine to help set the mood for a very special prom night that the two of them will never forget.

I think this is one of the sweetest stories that I’ve heard in a long time.  Popkin underwent surgery as is doing well.  And the National Aquarium has reportedly reached out to the couple to offer them free tickets!


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  1. Classy. Very classy.


  2. thedogs'mother permalink

    I have a picture like that of the twins. Eldest Son in a hospital bed and his twin sister, Daughter, in there with him. Skinny kids! I turned it over to the yearbook committee and they showed up on the twins page like that.


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