Gracee Nelson, age 5, was preparing for her school’s father-daughter dance when she received some devastating news.
Her dad, Christopher, was not going to be able to make it.
You see, Christopher is currently deployed in Afghanistan. He works as a contractor for the United States Army.
“I had to break it to her that her Daddy wasn’t going to be able to make it,” Lanya, Gracee’s mom, told Inside Edition. “Once we saw her reaction, me and my husband tried to figure out a solution.”
And what a solution they came up with!
“I thought, since the theme was Beauty and the Beast, ‘What if we hired the Beast as a costume character?’” Lanya explained. “We contacted an event company in town. The owner was so welcoming to the idea.”
And so, on the day of the dance, little Gracee, resplendent in her yellow gown, came face-to-face with the Beast in the hallway of her El Paso, Texas, elementary school!
“Her face just lit up — she was so happy. I have never seen my daughter that happy,” Lanya recalled. “He escorted her into the dance and all the kids were like, ‘Oh my god!’”
While her dad could never be replaced, the Beast made a pretty good alternate!
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