In our culture, birthdays are a big deal. Having a birthday party is just a part of growing up. Many of us take these special events for granted, but one woman stands out in the crowd.
Ms. Frances Buzzard was 76 years old, and she had never had a birthday party before. She was working as a custodian at Belle, a school with a truly caring faculty. The staff was shocked when they found out – this case couldn’t be rarer. They knew they had to do something, so they took advantage of her upcoming 77th birthday.
“We found out from the head cook, who is friends with Ms. Frances, that she has never had a birthday party,” explained Amanda Mays, the principal of Belle. “So she turns 77 on January 30th, and we thought that opportunity couldn’t pass us by.”
She and the other staff planned one of the biggest birthday parties ever. They scheduled the whole school for an assembly, so every student could be there to celebrate her happy day.
Since Ms. Frances wouldn’t be working on the actual date, they planned for the party to take place ahead of time. On the official schedule they simply wrote “assembly” so that she would have no idea. Next, it was time for the fun part.
The school decorated the entire assembly room. A huge banner covered the base of the stage. On it were the words “Happy Birthday Ms. Frances” in huge letters, with hundreds of students’ signatures in smaller writing. Three candles took their place in a cart of cupcakes. Finally, it was time.
Another staff member led Ms. Frances into the assembly room, where she got the surprise of her life. Hundreds of children sang her “Happy Birthday”, and she even had her own seat right at the center of the room.
This woman was absolutely thrilled. Her huge smile showed just how grateful she was. “I’ve never had nothin’ like this!” Ms. Frances exclaimed. “Oh, it’s a great big party; I appreciate it.”
The woman enjoyed her cupcakes as well as a slideshow that the school had made. In an adorable display of creativity, they photoshopped her into all kinds of exciting scenes. This was one day Ms. Frances would never forget.
There are many components to a birthday party, but the most special part is having people to celebrate with. Ms. Frances’ first birthday party was a huge hit – hopefully she will have many more.
Watch her awesome birthday surprise in the video below.
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