An upset mum has urged parents to RSVP to kids' birthday parties after no one turned up to celebrate her son's ninth birthday.
Kristen Layne, was heartbroken when her son, Mahlon, spent his birthday just with family after not a single child from school or taekwando class turned up to his Diary of Wimpy kid themed party.
Mahlon had previously been homeschooled and this was the first year he was able to invite friends from school to his party.
'This ninth birthday was supposed to be his year. His special day. His first real party with friends,' Kristen wrote on her blog.
When nobody arrived, he sobbed to his parents: 'No one came Dad. I guess I'm not very popular at school.'
After sharing what happened on her blog, something amazing happened. Not only did Mahlon receive gifts and cards from around the country, his favourite author, Jeff Kinney, who wrote Diary of a Wimpy Kid, gave him a special phone call.
“[Kinney] an extremely nice guy who has brightened up my son's world so much, that I don't know if he'll ever stop smiling," Kristen wrote.
“M is now telling anyone who will listen that he has a new friend and he wants to be just like Kinney, and has been working feverishly on his own comic book series all afternoon.
“To really top it all off, Jeff is also sending him an extra special gift that I will post about when the time is right, because it's unbelievably awesome.”
In the end, Mahlon had a birthday to remember, but Kristen is not using her story to urge parents to remember to RSVP.