When life gives you lemons, the best thing a person can do is make lemonade. And in the case of Rachel Bird, a senior at Kingsley-Pierson High School in Iowa, making lemonade consists of traveling to the local Staples store to create a life-sized version of your prom dream date when the real version is either unavailable or unwilling to show.
Staring down her upcoming senior prom without a date and recalling the frequency of random individuals inviting pro athletes and celebrities to their fraternity formals, military balls, high school dances and the like, Bird devised a grand idea: invite her favorite NFL star, Tim Tebow, to her prom.
Bird made her bid to secure Tebow’s agreement to serve as her escort via Twitter. After not hearing a response from her quarterbacking crush, Bird figured she could make a joke out of being dateless and visited the Staples store in nearby Sioux Falls to inquire as to how much it would cost to fashion a reasonable facsimile of Tebow by way of a life-sized color print of the Jets quarterback. When told it would cost $80, Bird elected it didn’t make sense to spend that much on a joke.
But when she awoke on the Saturday of her prom, Bird had a change of heart. Knowing that the Staples would be having a sale on color prints for $19.95, Bird decided to make a go of it. With her family’s help, Bird took the color print and affixed it to some cardboard and added a wooden handle and supports. She had her date.
Everyone laughed when Rachel Bird showed up at friend DeAndra Mahrt’s home for pre-prom pictures. Her classmates HAD to include Tebow in group photos.
Classmates convinced Bird to enter the gym as a “couple” at the grand march. She decided to do it. Announcer Scott Bahrke introduced her last. “Rachel Bird,” Bahrke said. “Escorted by Tim Tebow.”
“It was awkward, but people asked me to stop for photos during the grand march,” she said. “Believe me, this isn’t something I ever thought I’d be doing.”
Question: is it possible that during the prom, some kind of Mannequin-esque magic occurred, where Cardboard Cutout Tim Tebow came to life and the star-crossed couple danced to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”? No? So, in the end, a dateless prom turned into quite the experience for this young lady. Even better, her date was the consummate gentlemen:
“He was a cheap date, and he didn’t talk much,” Bird joked. “And when I asked him to stand in a corner, he did. I don’t think it even hurt his feelings.”
Wait. What? Joke all you like, young lady, but nobody puts Tebow in the corner. Nobody!
[H/T Rant Sports]