Many news outlets are reporting on a touching story about a little girl named Mackenzie, from Minnesota.
Mackenzie suffers from Sotos Syndrome, which causes her to grow faster than other children, as well as suffering from learning and speech difficulties.
As Mackenzie’s 10th birthday was approaching, her mother had realized that no one that had been invited to the celebration was coming.
“And I said, this year, that’s not going to happen. I was tired of the way my daughter was treated at school, and I was tired of watching her sit alone by herself on her birthday.”
So she took to the internet to reach out for help in making this little girl’s day!
Within an hour it had gone viral, and had been picked up by local news outlets, helping spread the word.
Hundred’s of people showed up to her birthday party, surely making this little girl’s tenth birthday one to remember! But, it got me thinking…
I’m not trying to be negative here, but when I hear situations like this I am the type of person that always puts myself in the shoes of those involved.
So first, I look at what Mackenzie’s mom did, would I do the same? ABSOLUTELY!
I think this brave mama should be proud of herself and the lengths she went to in order to provide her daughter the special day every little girl deserves on their birthday! Kudos to her!
Then I think about if Maddie was one of the little girls that was invited to that party, and didn’t RSVP.
These girls are 9-10 years old, not old enough to understand the repercussions of decisions like this…so where were the parents to step in and explain it to them?
If Maddie had been invited, you better believe we would have cleared the day and made it happen, because if I was Mackenzie’s Mom, I would appreciate that understanding and support (without having to turn to complete strangers). And I would like to teach Maddie to care for others feelings as well once she is old enough to make these decisions on her own.
This becomes far more than an issue of attending a party or not, and reveals a huge issue in the parental guidance (or lack thereof!) that these little girls are receiving.
Clearly, considering the feelings of others was not a high priority on the lessons listing for these Moms and Dads, yet I’m sure they would be horrified if the roles were reversed and their child was the one being ostracized.
While hundreds of people showed up out of the goodness of their hearts once they heard what had happened, I can’t help but feel that if these parents had done their job, Mackenzie may have had the pleasure of having some familiar faces there to celebrate with her.
It looks like she was truly overwhelmed by the outreach of the people that attended, and had a fabulous day! And I hope that beautiful smile lingers in the minds of the parents who didn’t RSVP, and acts as a constant reminder of the fact that they could have had something to do with it, but chose not to.
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