Austyn and her grandfather have a great time in the video of their dance date, which her mother, Kelsey Woolverton, promised to show everyone.
Remember when Austyn, then 5, asked her grandfather to the Valentine’s Day daddy-daughter dance? Everyone is impressed by how Austyn and her grandfather have a good time in the video of their dance date that her mother, Kelsey Woolverton, promised to show everyone. According to the New York Post, every Valentine’s Day, the community recreation facility in Papillion, Nebraska, hosts the unique father-daughter event. However, Austyn Woolverton’s plans were altered because she was unable to attend “date night” without her father. Michael Woolverton, her father, died of a fentanyl overdose when she was only 18 months old. “She doesn’t have memories of him, but from the very beginning we have talked about him,” Woolverton said.
Michael Woolverton, her father, died of a fentanyl overdose when she was only 18 months old. “She doesn’t have memories of him, but from the very beginning we have talked about him,” Woolverton said.
Her mother informed Grandpa ahead of time so that he could be available that evening. “There’s Valentine’s Day dancing.” But we need our dad to go.” She added, “My dad’s not going to go.” “Will you go with me?” Her grandfather obliged gracefully. “She is usually not that emotional about her father’s passing, and so it just kind of struck us all with surprise that she eloquently asked him that way,” mom Kesley Woolverton said. “I had no idea she would put that together—that she needed her dad to go—but he wouldn’t be there,” Woolverton added.
The long-awaited evening had arrived, and Austyn was looking forward to dancing with all of her friends and her grandfather. She had her hair and makeup done and looked stunning. Her grandfather matched her all-red outfit with a red tie, and she wore a dress with tiny hearts and red shoes. Her grandfather gave her a matching red and white corsage, and he also wore a white boutonnière with red accents, completing the look. “Their bond is like nothing I have ever seen before. They are like best friends,” Woolverton said. Austyn and Guenther enjoy watching Nebraska Cornhuskers football and have attended a game together.
It’s lonely for Guenther without her father, but he’s glad he can be there for her whenever she needs a father figure. . “I feel blessed that Austyn and I have this bond and I can be there for her when her dad can’t,” he said. Her father’s food memories live on in their family. Austyn and her mother moved from Oklahoma to Nebraska after he died, where her parents assisted in raising Austyn.“My mom and my dad both kind of helped me raise her in that year-and-a-half,” she said . People online, according to Guenther, do not see Woolverton’s positive parenting of her daughter. “She has faced one of the hardest things anyone can ever go through and has done a wonderful job raising Austyn and keeping Austyn’s dad alive in their hearts,” he added.
Woolverton was “overwhelmed” by the TikTok responses to her video of Austyn and her grandfather. “I guess I didn’t realize how many people have lost their dads or don’t have a dad in their life until the video came out,” Woolverton said. “That has been inspiring to me just to know that I’m not alone, and they’re not alone in our situation,” she said. The TikTok date night video received over 22.7K views, and people were blown away. “There will never be a man in her life that will measure up to v the standard her Gpa just set. She’ll never settle for less than she deserves. 🥰” Amen to that!