Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A very special Birthday request

I think Birthdays are important and I get equally excited whether it’s my Birthday or someone else's I can celebrate.

So when I heard the story of what one mom is doing for her son, I just listened and cried. 

Perhaps you have heard the story already as it's been all over the news and morning TV programs ---

A Michigan mom, Jennifer, asked her son Colin if he would like a Birthday party for his upcoming 11th birthday on March 9.  He said he didn’t want a party because he didn’t have anyone to invite.  He didn’t have any friends and no one at school liked him.

Getting creative, Jennifer took to Facebook, and created a page for her son’s birthday hoping to get a few people to write kind messages to him and she would surprise him with it on his Birthday.  Jennifer’s son has something similar to Asperger’s syndrome, and his peers don’t understand him and it is hard for him to make friends.  Jennifer is keeping her efforts for Colin a secret until his BIG day on March 9.

From Colin’s Happy Birthday Facebook Page:

     “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.”

Here is the link to "Colin's Happy Birthday" Facebook page

and you will need to sign in to Facebook to write your Happy Birthday wish.
Here is the link to the  ABC news article and video 
(get your tissues out!)

Everyone deserves recognition and especially on their Birthday.  I urge you to go to his page and write a little message.  If you’re not on Facebook, you can send a card to this address:

Colin   P.O. Box 756   Richland, MI  49803-0756

When you feel alone and like no one likes you the world feels like a heart wrenching place to be. It just takes a small step by another person to begin to erase that feeling.  Words may seem small but they are everything.  They are power.  One phrase can make an enormous difference in the day of someone’s life.  Let’s all help Colin know that he’s is not alone in this world and wish him a Happy Birthday!

It will do your Valentine heart good.

Go out and celebrate life this weekend!  THREE-day weekend!  WooooHooo!

It's FREE National Parks weekend!  For list of local free parks, check here.
....think Muir Woods; Yosemite! 

Saturday, February 16, and Sunday 17th, Chinatown Community Street Fair  Details here

Saturday, February 16, Chinese New Year Parade!!!  5:15-8pm, Chinatown, SF  Map and details here

It's the LAST weekend of the Bulgari exhibit at the De Young Museum -- and they *are* open on Monday,

Sunday, February 16, 1-3pm, KUSF's Rock'n'Swap Record Fair.  Gee, I wonder where I'll be?
All the info you need is right here