Happy Birthday, Colin!!

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

-Lao Tzu

Celebration of birthday is not something that we have in the list of traditions of our family culture. Since childhood I had never celebrated my birthday. It was only a couple of years earlier I could dare to break that tradition as my friends insisted that I had to cut the cake they brought. So no one knows it better than me, how it feels when you do not have friends visiting your home on the evening of that special day for every person which comes once in a year. Once I grew up, It hardly meant if there was any celebration or not. Like any other human, I too stopped finding happiness in these small occasions of togetherness and celebration. But before heavy phrases like success, money and fame entered my life I too was thirsty of love and hungry of attention from my dear ones. Although I knew I have apparently too many people in my life to support me and for few of them I hold the highest priority in their life. But then does not it feel good when someone wishes good things for you and tries his/her best to make you feel the most special person in the planet earth in a small way. Being a child, I too wanted others to make me feel special on my day. That experience is missing from my childhood memories. I can’t say I regret that. If you have not experienced something at all; then how can you regret it!

But it made me really happy when I saw a mother created a Facebook page and requested people across globe to wish him on his special day. She writes, “I am Colin’s mom, I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th. Because of Colin’s disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don’t like him. So when I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn’t a point because he has no friends.”

Screenshot of the page on Faebook
Screenshot of the page on Facebook

I have never any doubt in my mind that only a mother can do what it requires to make her son happy. But the best thing is that there are still people left in this planet who pause for a moment in their busy lives and spend few moments to spread the happiness in lives of others. And the number of those good people in million suggest that there is still some hope left in this planet where most of the things happening in a wrong and undesired way.

I have no doubt this gesture from so many people will do the world of goods for that kid, Colin.  At least, he would never say it again that he has no friends.

I have experienced it myself how much few kind words and little bit of support from those people whom I have never met in my life did wonders in my life. I will share that some other day, for now I just wish every wish and kind words coming that kid Colin’s way, is going to help him in having that belief in him is that he is unique and he is special just like any other human. He too can do and achieve whatever he wants. At the end result hardly matters, it’s the journey that stays in hearts of all.

“May God bless him with good health, lots of happiness and may all his wishes come true… Happy birthday Colin.”

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

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24 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Colin!!

  1. This is very touching.
    I’m sure that Colin would be overjoyed to see this post as well.
    I too am aware of what loneliness feels like.
    Thirst for love is something everyone craves for, I still do, but not every one is crazy about too much attention, not me anyway.
    And I’d say you are wrong about the fact that one can’t regret something one hasn’t experienced as all. I’ve had good (platonic) friendships in the past, but I’ve been alone all my life, never had a partner/lover/a romance, never been on a date, never been touched, something I regret today, and am not getting any younger.

        1. I never assumed you knew him personally. I think it’s very nice that you wrote a post about him. I e-mailed all my friends and relatives that day itself, asking them to send their best wishes to Colin on Facebook as well. Most people I know are on Facebook.

  2. This is so good, so filled with goodness. I love Mark Twain’s quotation on goodness.
    “It’s noble to be good, and it’s nobler to teach others to be good, and less trouble.
    – Remarks at the opening of the Mark Twain Library, Redding, CT”
    You are teaching here effortlessly how easy it can be to be good.♥

    1. Thanks a lot for such a beautiful comment. Honestly, I felt really good reading your kind words. :) Yes I do believe that keeping all the hatred, competition, needs aside; we need spread little bit of kindness in society in whatever small way possible. I am glad knowing that a wonderful person like you thinks I am doing my bit. :)

        1. A big “No” to teaching. I had this opportunity to teach engineering student. I believe I am not good enough to inspire the next generation with the way I conduct myself. And I believe it’s the most essential aspect to become a good teacher. But Yes I may move to States someday!! But It will take time. :)

    1. I had to share this one, Renee!! I feel there was honesty of a mother’s desire to make her son happy at any cost; that’s why so many people across the globe could reach that Facebook page.
      Take care!!

  3. The kindness in your heart shines through in your actions, Arindam.

    I never realized that some cultures don’t celebrate birthdays. Well, I guess I knew that there were a few that didn’t, but I certainly never thought yours was one of them.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Linda.
      No actually it’s just in our family that we do not celebrate birthdays. But now we have started allowing kids of our next generation to celebrate their birthday.

  4. This is a very sweet gesture, Arindam. Colin would be delighted to know that he’s also the subject of your post. Happy Birthday to Colin … a belated birthday wish to you … and the happiest of birthdays to everyone.

  5. Arindam! You are making me cry. What a beautiful and heartfelt post. Your perceptions of emotion are so keen, it is simply a joy to read your thoughts. And this line, “but then does not it feel good when someone wishes good things for you,” couldn’t be more true. It took me a long time to learn that myself. With this post, it’s hard to say whether or not that’s my favorite line, as I truly enjoyed your descriptions of a mother’s love. But I think the line I quoted stood out the most. And you are right! On that note — I wish you many happy days, both on your birthday and the rest of the year. And I thank you for sharing the story of that little boy. I hope things will change for him in the future, and that he may know and appreciate good friends.

    1. Thanks for the wishes Melissa. Yes a mother’s attempt to make her son’s day special touched my heart and that’s why I wrote this post. I am glad it could touch you. As far as I know, no one can describe a mother’s love in words than you; so appreciation from you made me happy. I too wish all the good things or you and your family. :)

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