When little Oliver feels insecure about his deafness and is shy to make friends, his classmates learn sign language to surprise him. He celebrates the best birthday ever and spends a whole night crafting a heartwarming surprise for them.
Little Oliver was Mason and Rebecca’s miracle child. He was born hale and hearty after Rebecca suffered a string of three miscarriages before his conception. It was evident why the parents loved their little son to the core. He was the light of their lives.
When Mason and Rebecca thought their world was now in bliss after Oliver’s arrival, a painful blow awaited them. Rebecca accidentally dropped a glass bowl during the boy’s second birthday celebrations. Oliver was just nearby, but he did not react or turn around to the shattering sound of glass. It freaked Rebecca out.
She cleaned the mess and shrieked out to Mason: “Darling, you need to come quick. I think there’s something wrong with our son. He is not reacting to sound.”
Rebecca clapped her hands and called out to Oliver from behind. But the little boy never reacted to any sound. They immediately took him to an ENT specialist, and it was confirmed that Oliver was born deaf…
The diagnosis crushed Mason and Rebecca. They thought Oliver was normal. They had no idea that he could not hear their voices or laughter. He giggled and babbled along, which seemed like infants’ usual babyish language to communicate.
A few weeks later, Oliver got his first hearing aid. Rebecca and Mason were nervous. They didn’t want him to get frightened hearing sound for the first time. It would feel like strange noises in his head, they knew. They were anxious, but it was their only hope.
Oliver took them to his bedroom and pulled out a big box from under his bed. Everyone was shocked.
After fixing the device in Oliver’s ear, they saw a strange reaction on his face, as though he was on the verge of screaming. Oliver turned around in different directions, panicking.
When Rebecca teared up and called, “Oliver, my baby, come here…come to mama,” he quickly turned and started walking to her, giggling. Oliver could now hear! Rebecca and Mason were delighted, but that was not all.
Three years passed, and it was time to send Oliver to school. Rebecca and Mason often described how lovely it would feel to be in a class full of friends and a teacher in the front, singing rhymes.
“Will the teacher give me candies, mama?” he often asked.
“Yes, she will treat you with candies, but only if you promise to be a good boy and make many friends!”
“I promise!” he laughed and slapped her hand. Oliver pictured a fun first day at school but returned home crying that day.
“What is it, darling? What happened, and how was your first day of school?” Rebecca asked him
“I don-don’t wan-want to g-go to school…I ha-have no friends,” cried the boy.
Rebecca and Mason assumed Oliver was just having first-day jitters, but they were wrong. Their son was suffering from something else altogether, and they did not know until a month later.
One day, Rebecca and Mason were called to the principal’s office regarding Oliver’s weird behavior in class.
They were told: “Mr. and Mrs. Hayes, your son Oliver never talks to anyone. He never plays with his classmates and his teacher, Miss Sophia, even tried talking to him. He seems scared, but we don’t know what frightens him. Could you please find out?”
The principal’s revelation worried Rebecca and Mason. Later that day, the teacher met and informed them that Oliver was scared of himself. “Your son is afraid he is different, and his classmates would mock him over his deafness. I talked to him again, and he told me he is shy to communicate with anyone other than his parents.”
Rebecca and Mason were worried because they knew this was not a good sign for a little boy in his first year of school.
“Is he like this even at home? Does he laugh and play?” Sophia asked further.
Oliver’s parents told her their son had an unusual interest that kept him occupied and happy. “He spends long hours in his room making something. But he never lets us see what he hides in that box under his bed, and he starts crying if we try to touch it.”
“Mr. and Mrs. Hayes, we have to do something to help your son. It could affect him in the long run if we don’t help him get rid of his insecurities,” Sophia added.
Then, Oliver’s parents and his teacher devised a plan and put it into action on his sixth birthday, which arrived three days later.
Oliver entered his classroom and found it decorated with balloons and streamers. A big Happy Birthday banner hung above the board. He was stunned and sat in his chair, wondering why the class was empty and silent.
Suddenly, all his classmates marched inside. They all wore colorful birthday caps and smiled at him.
Oliver was surprised because he had never talked to them before. It felt strange when none of them uttered any sound. There was grave silence, and all Oliver could hear was the wall clock tick. Suddenly, soft melodious music played in the background as the children assembled in groups and staged a small act.
Oliver’s eyes rose with tears as he watched them orchestrate a happy birthday song in gestures. They had learned sign language to surprise the birthday boy and make him feel included. The act ended as the kids, and their teacher circled Oliver and gifted him a flower each.
He was so touched that he decided to reciprocate their kindness and love. Oliver invited his classmates to his home for a little party. He stayed up all night making cute little presents for them, and nobody knew what he had been storing in his toy box until the next day.
The following afternoon, Oliver returned home with his classmates. Rebecca and Mason were curious to find out what he would do next. Oliver took them to his bedroom and pulled out a big box from under his bed. Everyone was shocked.
He opened the box and took out several little dolls. Since he had no friends, it turned out he spent time making little clay figurines that looked like people. He regarded the little toys as his friends and spent time playing with them every day.
Rebecca and Mason were awed at their little boy. “So this is what you’ve been doing secretly!” they exclaimed.
Oliver giggled and presented each classmate with a little figurine he’d crafted. The children gave him a big group hug, and Oliver was happiest that day. He was no longer insecure about his disability and never thought he was different. He felt much loved and wanted.
Rebecca and Mason couldn’t help but shed tears of joy seeing their little boy run and laugh with all his friends.
What can we learn from this story?
Kindness makes miracles happen for those with broken hearts. Oliver was insecure about his disability and never made any friends. His classmates helped him eliminate his insecurity by surprising him with a sign language skit on his birthday.
When you feel you have lost all hope, fate brings sweet surprises. Rebecca and Mason lost their babies in a string of three miscarriages, but their happiness was restored when Oliver was born.