Everyone of us celebrates birthday only once a year, this is one of the reasons why we feel very excited as our birthday is fast approaching. We feel like very special then, receiving gifts, greetings, and welcoming a lot of visitors. But for a kid celebrating his 9th birthday without any friends who neither arrived nor greets him, how can his birthday be that happy?
Gerald Hamilton was so excited to celebrate his ninth birthday. He even sent out 30 invitations to his classmates and friends and prepared so much for his very special day. Out of 30 invitees, 12 responded and confirmed to attend his celebration. During the day, Gerald waited for his friends, but nobody came, nobody showed up.
Amelia, Gerald’s grandmother, feels devastated and heartbroken for his grandson. He even refused to cut the cake and asked to wait a little longer, expecting and hoping that someone will arrive, even just one friend. Some of their relatives also arrived to show support and lessen Gerald’s sadness, giving their gifts and messages, and lighted up his party.
Two days after, Gerald’s mom called the parents of his 12 friends to ask for reasons why they did not arrive. Amelia broke down in tears upon hearing this:
“My child can’t play with yours, he is just too different.”
Gerald is slower at learning than his classmates and friends and experiences developmental delays due to multiple skull expansion surgeries during his early age.
However, she believed that, just like any other child, Gerald deserves to have friends and also wanted someone to play with. It was just painful that on his birthday, he receives nothing; no cards, no gifts, no friends.
Amelia posted her painful dismay to Facebook. She even clearly indicated all the details; from Geralds excitement, celebration, up to the reason given to them by the parents of her grandson’s friends. And because of her loved for him, Amelia took the challenge to give his boy a greater gift that his friends cannot give. She wanted to give Gerald gifts and cards as many as she can, so she asks the support of kind-hearted individuals who wanted to give presents to his neglected grandson. Luckily, she does not fail. Gerald receives various birthday presents from various unnamed individual and even received cards with heart-warming messages. With this, he even feels better and loved.