The power of a social network cannot be underestimated, as there is potential to reach out to other humans as well as reunite long lost family ties. A mother’s love is also an extremely potent force, where we read of a Michigan mom who went ahead to create a Facebook page for her 10-year old son after he refused a birthday party simply because he does not have any friends at all to invite. This Facebook page is called “Happy Birthday Colin”, which is short and straight to the point. The Happy Birthday Colin Facebook page had just one request – to send Colin virtual birthday wishes so that his 11th birthday that falls on March 9 will be a memorable one. The Facebok page has already garnered a whopping 1.5 million likes plus, and counting, since February 2nd, and her physical mailbox has also been flooded with snail mail which (I assume) contain positive messages to spur Colin on.
Jennifer, Colin’s mother, who lives near Kalamazoo, Mich., shared, “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.”
So far, Colin does not know about this particular page just yet – although I am quite sure that it will be a matter of time before the flood of well meaning messages will just overwhelm him in a positive manner. Happy Birthday, Colin, and many happy returns!