• Melanie Ernst

Prom Time

There are many activities and celebrations associated with Spring. One of those is the high school prom. Many area schools have already had their proms and Madison County High School has theirs scheduled for this Saturday evening. I remember the ones I attended, many moons ago, with fondness. I enjoyed the event each year and it was certainly fun to dress up and be escorted by a guy in a tux, much like the whole Cinderella affair. I believe it's probably a bigger deal for girls and as a teenager, I never considered the fact that not everyone attends their school prom. Just the other night, I saw a story on the news about a son who took his mom to the prom. My first thoughts were less than positive but by the end of the newcast I had a big smile on my face. Here's another positive story that will renew your faith in the youth of today.

Ohio Teen Takes His Mom to Prom Since She Never Attended Her Own

by Joi-Marie McKenzie

May 5, 2016

An Ohio mom had her teenage wish come true when her son took her to his senior prom, an event she never got to attend.

When MelissaRoshan Potter was a teenager, she was transitioning from foster care to motherhood. So when her 18 year old son Trey asked her to his senior prom at Gahanna-Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio, she jumped at the chance.

I was initially shocked because it's an incredibly selfless act and my heart was just overwhelmed with gratitude because it was so sweet," she told ABC News of being asked to prom. "I felt very stoked and excited. I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm about to get the best dress and turn up at the prom!'"

Her son Trey said he asked his mother to prom because "she was a teen mom and from all the stories she told me it's made me realize that to be a parent takes a lot of sacrifice and a lot of energy."

MelissaRoshan, 36, lived with her son in a homeless shelter for the first two years of his life due to financial struggles stemming from her childhood.

"My mother had me at 13 by rape. So I was subsequently placed in the foster care system when I was 10," she explained. "I've lived in 23 foster care and group homes, and have endured physical abuse, sexual abuse and child labor abuse. There was many times I thought I wasn't going to make it out of the system."

The Columbus, Ohio mom said it was the love she had for Trey that made her defy the odds, later becoming a makeup artist and an advocate for foster care youth. She's even a spokeswoman for Children's Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for foster children.

"It wasn't easy. Emotionally it was hard seeing my friends going off to prom and getting ready to graduate, when I had a baby," MelissaRoshan said. "But he was so precious and so cute...when I first had him. He cracked me this smile and I thought to myself, 'I will never leave you.'"

MelissaRoshan told ABC News she had a ball at the April 16 prom, held inside the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in downtown Columbus, wearing a coral Vera Wang gown.

"I didn't miss out on prom. I gained," she said. "When I made the choice to have [Trey], I knew I was going to 'miss' a lot of things but when you choose love, it's gain and it's all worth it. And I truly mean it."

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