Imagine the scene: you have planned a birthday party and invited your friends, but when the date arrives no one appears. Just think of this possibility in adults how much it will hurt them, and imagine if you are a child? For it was precisely what happened to Mahlon, a nine-year-old boy that has been home-schooled.
His mother, Kristen Layne, was so devastated by the situation that she wrote an emotional outburst on her personal blog. The post went viral.
In the text directed to all parents, she starts talking about her son.
“Mahlon is a bright, sensitive and caring boy who loves animals and babies. He also became a vegetarian by choice. He is naturally a funny boy who loves to make people laugh. In our large and chaotic family, he is a peacemaker and an ‘easy to please’ child who looks at life with hope and optimism. He is the kind of boy who would take his own shirt to give it to a stranger, gives away a toy that he loves to make another child smile and shares with his mother his favorite chocolate bar without hesitation. “
Kristen said Mahlon handed several invitations to his friends at school and taekwondo and anxiously counted the days, hours and minutes until his birthday.
“When his birthday finally arrived, he got up before sunrise. Hung decorations, filled balloons, cleaned his room, took a shower, picked his clothes, set the table and carefully assembled the bags of souvenirs for his friends. ‘Only three more hours are left until my friends will start coming,‘ he shouted. ‘This is the happiest day of my life, Mom. I cannot wait until my friends come here!’“
Wrote his mother on her blog.
Kristen took pictures of her son in front of party decoration and theme was “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” as he waited for the guests to arrive. But the party time came and no one showed up. Only family members were present.
“No one came, Dad. I guess I’m not very popular at school.”
Said Mahlon and then began to cry.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the mother said she had asked the parents of classmates to respond to invitations, but received no reply. It could’ve all been avoided by a simple RSVP, via phone call, text, email, whatever. That’s why she decided to make an appeal demanding that people will respond to the RSVP.
When they saw that nobody is coming, they took the kid to a bowling alley and tried to make up for his strong feelings of sadness.
Despite the traumatic party for the little boy, since the post got viral, Mahlon began to receive messages and gifts from many people around the world who were surprised with what happened.
Strangers across the country have also reached out, sending cards and gifts to the Layne family. If you’d also like to mail Mahlon a birthday message, you can send one here:
c/o Kristen P. Layne
PO Box 8141
Bend, OR 97708
Gersh Kuntzman of NyDailyNews didn’t hesitate to blame his mother and the family saying that they had this coming because the kid was homeschooled. What do you think?