A dad’s heartfelt birthday wishes for his son is the most beautiful story you will find, and this one is taking over the internet.
Kevin Harrison’s boy, Daniel, has a.u.t.i.s.m, which means that throughout much of his young life he’s preferred his own company to that of others.
A dad’s plea for his son with a.u.t.i.s.m who ‘hasn’t had one friend’ goes viral and the birthday wishes pour in. As a mom who has one child on the a.u.t.i.s.m spectrum this story reminds me of how beautiful humanity can be.
Unlike most children, his childhood hasn’t been defined by playing with boys and girls his age. In fact, according to Kevin, Daniel has never once expressed any sort of interest in hanging with friends.
That was until recently.
Dad Asks For Heartfelt Birthday Wishes For Son
Daniel Harrison, who has a.u.t.i.s.m, recently wrote down two wishes – and one of them came true thanks to his father.
Kevin Harrison, Daniel’s father, shared that because of his son’s a.u.t.i.s.m, Daniel typically prefers to play alone. In fact, throughout his entire childhood Daniel never once asked to go play with friends.
But this year, Daniel made a special birthday wish. The request floored and shocked his father, Kevin because Daniel’s birthday wishes were: to learn how to drive and to make a few friends.
Kevin’s Twitter post in late September read: “Daniel’s my son. Profoundly A.u.t.i.s.t.i.c. Hasn’t one friend. It’s his birthday today. In his ECHP he wrote that his two wishes were to learn to drive and make friends. Please wish him a happy birthday. Please show him you care. Please share.
Little did Kevin realize this simple request of kindness would go viral with more than 17,000 likes and a whole heap of heartfelt birthday wishes. In fact, Daniel received thousands of heartfelt birthday wishes.
Heartfelt Birthday Wishes Pour In For Son With a.u.t.i.s.m
Among the kind outpouring of birthday wishes, Kevin was surprised when celebrities like Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone, and Ariel Winter took a moment to say Happy Birthday too. The majority of the birthday wishes came from other parents of children on the spectrum.
As the comments, photos, and birthday wishes continued to pour in, Kevin reflected why there was such an overwhelming response for such a simple request. Kevin realized,”People want to be loved, don’t they? People want to be liked. It’s a universal feeling,” he said.
I couldn’t agree more. We were created to love and be loved. This story proves we are never alone and it doesn’t take much to show a little compassion and kindness to others. It goes to show no matter how uniquely different we are, we are never alone.
Kevin said that Daniel has learned how to “drive” via Mario Cart on Nintendo and he wanted to remind us all: “Don’t ever feel like you’re alone. Because I felt like that, and I know other families will. You’re not alone. Just simply that, people do love you.”