happy birthday colin!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

In case you haven't heard...
(Although really, I think this story has gotten far past the interwebs lately-- it was even featured on Good Morning America! And it must be noted that although this "story" gained a larger-than-intended audience - millions, in fact - , that was never the goal of his mother, and I think many agree that GMA didn't handle the situation as well - only looking toward to recognition and numbers, not the reason behind it).

Here is an excerpt:

I am Colin's mom, I created this page (above link) for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th. Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him. So when I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn't a point because he has no friends. He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office. So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party. Please join me in making my very original son feel special on his day.

Can we give a mother-of-the-year award to her?!! Seriously! What an amazing mom to do this. Imagine the surprise this boy had when he found out that he had over 2 million friends worldwide who cared to "like" that page, wish him a happy birthday, and send him loads of birthday cards on his special day! Every person on this earth is beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of our God and all deserve a happy birthday! No matter your beliefs, abilities, or lack thereof, people are created for relationships and to be loved, and wishing another a happy birthday is a great start at that. What a way to encourage your son who personally believed that he didn't have any friends and didn't want a birthday party... Every life has worth and value, yall!

Also, feast your eyes on this marvelous cake:

Um.. HELLO.. He also scored a Pok√©mon and Nintendo cake! This is seriously the best birthday cake I've ever seen.... Our recent rekindled obsession with Ash & Pikachu to come in one of my next posts... But let me just leave it at - this is one lucky, loved little boy.
Let's take this as a prompt to give another who may not be feeling their greatest some encouragement today. Lend a hand, say a few positive words, take out your neighbor's trash, even pay for the couple's drinks in line after you at the coffee shop. You never know when you can make someone's day just by a little act of kindness!
And also, never ever forget to wish a little kid happy birthday. Seriously, kids live for their birthdays. (Yes, even if they are twins and have to share it [plus presents and cake] with someone - I'm looking at you, stud!)


  1. This is such a sweet post! It hurts my heart how mean kids can be, but I hope Collin felt loved and special from this!


  2. I saw this on GMA! I'm so glad that he had a happy birthday, and an awesome cake to go with it!


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