Difference may be what sets us apart, allows us to soar, and spurs us on to achieve our dreams. But when you’re a kid who is different from classmates, any future payoff is too distant to ease the pain of exclusion. When 10-year-old Colin’s mother asked who he would like to invite for his 11th birthday party on March 9, 2014, his answer broke her heart.
So she launched a Facebook page as a birthday present for Colin and wrote:
“I am Colin’s mom, I created this page 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.
That was February 2nd. As of February 12th, when I am writing this post, the page has received 1.4 million likes. Mail is pouring in. (You can send cards to Colin at PO Box 756, Richland, MI 49083-0756.)
The likelihood of Colin’s remaining unaware of his mother’s surprise is less likely by the minute, given the way the story continues to spread. But if you are reading this, don’t breathe a word, just in case it is possible to keep the secret.
What you can do, is head on over to Happy Birthday Colin and add your greetings to those already there.
Happy birthday, Colin! You and your family are giving people all around the world reason to smile.