Recently, a six year old boy experienced a very disappointing and sad moment when he was let down by all his friends, who didn’t manage to show up to his birthday party.
Teddy, of Tucson, Arizona made sure to invite 32 of his friends from school to a birthday party at Peter Piper’s Pizza. According to his mother, exactly none of them showed up.
It would have been a disappointing moment for any kid, especially for the fact that things like this mean everything when you’re that age. Really if you have a conscience, this photo of his face trying not to look disappointed with break your heart.
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It wasn’t like everyone disliked the kid, his mother Sil Mazzini had been warned already by some of the parents of children who would attend that they could make it. However, she didn’t think not a single guest could make it.
The mother said to ABC15 “I’m done with parties for a while.” It was spoken half jokingly, but really this scenario is something that would happen in the 2010’s decade. Are people becoming more distant in general?
As Fox10 reports, the mother had gone through the effort of making up 32 bags of goodies for Teddy’s friends, with party invites. She made sure to contact the parents of some of the kids who would attend, and they assured the teacher they would be going.
The photo went viral after Nick VinZant, a Tucson reporter shared it with the caption:
“If you get a chance please wish Teddy a Happy Birthday. His mom sent me this after his friends weren’t able to make it to his birthday party.”
The nice thing about this story is, the Internet just brought the kid all kinds of words of support and even actual presents.
One comment reads:
“Once you realise happiness is from the inside stuff like this won’t hurt so bad. Wish I’d known I’d have made the drive to see you. Happy birthday lil fella.”
“Happy Birthday Teddy! People are flaky and inconsiderate sometimes. It happens, that doesn’t mean you aren’t great, just that people are silly. Best wishes kiddo!”
Better yet, local basketball team the Phoenix Suns offered Teddy free tickets to their game against the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeting:
“How about we celebrate with thousands at our place! Tickets to Wednesday’s #SunsVSLakers game are all yours Teddy! Talk soon!”
How about we celebrate with thousands at our place! Tickets to Wednesday’s #SunsVSLakers game are all yours Teddy! Talk soon! https://t.co/YL3zjDX9JW
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 22, 2018
A soccer club called the Phoenix Rising also invited the kid to “join 7,000 of his closest friends” at an upcoming playoff game, with the tweet:
“Teddy can get The Mala from @VeneziasPizza and join 7,000 of his closest friends this Friday. Come on out Teddy! #UpRising”
Teddy can get The Mala from @VeneziasPizza and join 7,000 of his closest friends this Friday. Come on out Teddy! #UpRising https://t.co/mNpcwfNOcy
— (x)-Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) October 22, 2018
Now, the kid is sitting back and appreciating the turn of events. He said: “Thank you all for the birthday wishes.”
This is the power of the Internet, and it is a beautiful thing. The unpredictable tide of who could next be helped by the collective focus of people: that’s what we’re living in.