Mom Posts Heartbreaking Plea After Not A Single Kid Shows Up To Her Son’s Birthday

Think back to your childhood birthdays. What do you remember? Did you have a big party with lots of friends, or did everyone you invited decided not to show up? Or was it one of those terrible days when life shoves cake in your face and you lost all hope of being happy? We have all been there, parent’s too.

Birthday parties are no cake walk for mom and dad: there’s all the planning, sending out invites, setting up, and cleaning after the party leaves. However, nothing is harder than the heartbreak you’d feel watching your kid slowly accept the reality that none of their friends are coming to celebrate with them. 

Mom, with a  blog name Kristen Layne, watched as life became rough for her son Mahlon on his 9th birthday. Up until recently, Mahlon was homeschooled and this  was to be his first real party birthday party chuck full of friends and fun. Mahlon was so excited he counted the time as it passed. “‘Only three more hours until my friends arrive. This is the happiest day of my life, Momma. I can’t wait until my friends get here!” You see where this is going right?

When the time for the party to begin, they thought folks were lost or running late. But when Mahlon’s dad showed up with pizza for a gazillion people only to find his family, the reality of the situation sunk in. Mahlon told his dad, “No one came, Dad. I guess I’m not very popular at school,” and he cried. 

Needless to say, his family was devastated, but they sprung into action to make the best of a terrible situation.

After everyone got in a cry or two, or three, they ate pizza and cake and sang happy birthday, played birthday games and opened presents. They went bowling and did everything they could to turn what was probably Mahlon’s worst day and birthday of all time into something less painful because that is what family does.

When Mom shared Mahlon’s story on her blog, a ton of support came in and a lot of people shared similar experiences. If you are a parent, and your kid is invited to a birthday party, please for the love of birthday parties everywhere, FILL OUT THE RSVP CARD and GO!

Want to wish Mahlon a happy birthday yourself?

Mahlon K.
c/o Kristen P. Layne
PO Box 8141
Bend, OR 97708