son gives mom prom


Teen takes his mom to prom since she didn’t get the chance

He called it the 'best night of my life.'


Ana Valens


Posted on Apr 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:06 pm CDT

High school senior Joe Moreno went to his prom last Friday night, but instead of taking a classmate to the dance, he brought a special guest: his mother.

Moreno’s mom, Vanessa, gave birth to her son when she was just 17. Being a teen mother, she was forced to leave high school in order to raise him and never got the chance to go to her senior prom. Moreno, who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, has always been aware of the hardships his mother dealt with, and so to honor her sheer love for him, he decided to take her to prom.

Moreno told KCRA that he decided to take his mom to prom as soon as he found out what prom was and asked the school’s administration for permission. Normally, students avoid bringing dates over 21 due to concerns about alcohol consumption, but the high school made an exception in Moreno’s case.

Suffice to say, Moreno and his mom have since gone viral as this year’s most adorable prom couple, with Twitter users praising him for being such a thoughtful son.

Twitter users are trying to help Moreno get recognized nationally, too, with fans tagging everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Good Morning America. Moreno is particularly hoping Drake notices him.

Moreno called prom “the best night of my life,” and Vanessa felt absolutely touched by her son’s gesture. The night was incredibly emotional for her, she said, particularly when the two danced, as she realized that her son was set to attend Texas A&M University in the fall to study oncology.

“If I could tell 17-year-old myself one thing it would be to never give up because God will always find a way, and to stay strong through everything,” Vanessa Moreno told KCRA.

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*First Published: Apr 19, 2018, 10:24 am CDT