Boy in Wheelchair Whose Party No One Attended Makes a Wish & Finds Boxes on Doorstep the Next Day – Story of the Day
Toby had a birthday party and invited all of his classmates, but none came. His mother and a Spider-Man impersonator, Ron, tried to cheer the boy up to no avail. Ron felt horrible that night and did something on his phone. He woke to many missed calls as something shocking happened.
"It's going to be alright, kid. Do you want to know how Spider-Man does some pirouettes?" Ron asked the little kid in a wheelchair. Toby's mother had hired him because he worked as a Spider-Man impersonator for an agency. It was a part-time gig, and he was always good at gymnastics. He was a graduate student at Northwestern and his focus was psychology.
But this party was different. No one was here. Toby wheeled himself to the snack table adorned with Spider-Man themed-cups, plates, and more. He sat there alone and tried not to cry.
Ron tried to cheer Toby up, but it didn't work. | Source: Unsplash
The boy shook his head at Ron's question. "Are you sure? It'll cheer you up, I swear," Ron continued, trying to do something to make the kid smile. He stood up and looked beyond the child towards his mother, staring at them with a heartbroken look.
There were tons of missed calls on his phone and thousands of notifications. But the call that finally woke him was the one from Marissa.
He approached her. "Ma'am, maybe I could make some calls and get other impersonators here. We can get all the Avengers here."
Toby's mother, Marissa, shook her head. "That won't cheer him up, Ron," she stated. "Toby has been looking forward to his friends being here. It's all he wanted. It started a year ago, and it hasn't been easy. Being in a wheelchair in a school of able-bodied kids has been tough, but I wanted him to feel normal. However, children can be cruel."
"I get that," Ron chimed in. He remembered how hard he was bullied in school because of his thick glasses. His vision was terrible, and his glasses were a source of comedy for the class clowns and the jocks. Luckily, he got corrective surgery at 18 and forgot about those times. But it was awful to see a kid like Toby being bullied for something he could never fix.
Marissa was there with Toby when they handed the invitations. | Source: Pexels
"Yeah, well. I didn't think they would do this. We handed the invitations together in class — the teacher let me be there to hand them out — and all the kids looked excited, especially when I told them that Spider-Man was coming," Marissa explained and shrugged her shoulders. "I can't believe they did this. Not even one classmate came, and they're all six years old. I'm afraid for the future."
"Let me go try to cheer him up again," Ron offered, and Marissa grabbed his shoulder, continuing to shake her head.
"No, thank you so much, but this party is over. Let me grab your check," she said and went inside.
"No, ma'am. I didn't do anything. I can't take the money," he declined, although his boss at the agency would definitely complain. But Marissa insisted, handing him the check and almost pushing him out the door.
Ron went home that night and plopped down on his bed with a heavy heart. He couldn't get Toby out of his mind for some reason. Even though he had seen kids being cruel at other birthday parties, nothing had ever been as bad as today.
He couldn't sleep thinking about Toby and how sad he was. | Source: Pexels
He grabbed his phone, looked at the photos he'd taken that afternoon as soon as he arrived, and remembered how excited Toby had been in the beginning while they waited for his friends. He had also taken a photo before leaving. The kid looked sad, his shoulders hunched as he sat in his wheelchair. Tears almost filled his eyes, and there was no way he could sleep that day.
The whole thing made him think about focusing on child psychology in the future. Maybe he could help other children like Toby one day.
Suddenly, he had an idea. He had read some articles about random acts of kindness, and maybe the same could happen now. He logged on to his social media account and started typing heavily, adding the picture of Toby when he finished and hoping to make a minor miracle happen. Only then did he fall asleep.
The next morning, he would never have imagined what he woke up to. There were tons of missed calls on his phone and thousands of notifications. But the call that finally woke him was the one from Marissa.
"Ron! What did you do? Toby and I have just received a million gifts, and more mailmen are showing up!" she said as soon as he answered the phone.
He woke up to several missed calls and tons of notifications. | Source: Pexels
"What?" he said groggily and looked at the clock on his nightstand. It was 1 p.m.
"Yes, Ron. Thank you so much! Toby is so excited! These packages came with letters responding to your Facebook post!" Marissa continued, her tone insanely cheerful.
"Oh right. Yeah. I didn't think too many people would read my post. I explained what happened yesterday and said that if anyone wanted to do something kind, they could send Toby presents to your address. You're telling me it worked?" he said, wiping sleep from his eyes and standing up from his bed.
"It did work, and Toby is so excited! Listen, can you come over? Please, we want to thank you personally!" Marissa said excitedly, and Ron agreed.
He checked his phone which was flooded with notifications. His post had apparently gone viral overnight. Even his friends from the agency had called him and offered to show up at Toby's house in their Avengers costumes. He agreed, and they all planned to go soon.
Toby and Marissa received many presents on their doorstep. | Source: Pexels
When Ron arrived, Marissa explained that some of Toby's classmates' parents had called her and told her that none of them had received the invitations. Apparently, a boy who bullied Toby often, Bob, told the other kids to hide the invitations and not give them to their parents. Many of them asked if they could come that day and have a party.
Marissa still had snacks and almost everything from the day before, so she decided to host the party. This time, tons of kids showed up to celebrate with Toby. Ron's co-workers also came dressed as the Avengers and performed at the party.
Later on, Toby called out to Ron and said, "Spider-Man, you know yesterday when you left, mommy told me to blow the candles, and she said that my dreams would come true. This morning, I found a huge box with a Spider-Man toy, and other boxes came after. She told me you did that just for me because that's what superheroes do! Thank you, Spider-Man! You made my dreams come true."
Watching the kids playing, Ron decided on his future. | Source: Unsplash
Ron's eyes watered for real, although no one could see it under his mask. He hugged the boy who wheeled off to play with his friends after, enjoying his party around Marissa's yard.
Watching them, Ron decided that child psychology would be his focus after graduation. He couldn't imagine a better future for himself than trying to help kids during hard times.
What can we learn from this story?
- Children's attitude is a reflection of their parents and their upbringing. It's essential to teach them to be better people and have compassion for others.
- One random act of kindness can change the world. Ron posted on social media and didn't think it would go viral, but he hoped some people would show compassion. He proved that human goodness is more impressive than we think.
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