A newly adopted boy celebrates his first birthday when he turns 12. Abraham is from Sierra Leone and was recently adopted by a North Carolina family. (Uplifting story, YouTube)
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HOME SWEET HOME — There are some things in life that we tend to take for granted, such as birthday cakes.
Abraham hails from Sierra Leone and was recently adopted by a North Carolina family. His experience involves many firsts, including his first flight, his first hamburger, and of course his first birthday and his cake.
On Abraham’s 12th birthday, his new family gave him a birthday cake with his name on it. In the video, the top is lit with candles, but Abraham is too overwhelmed to look at the cake for more than a few seconds.
With tears of joy, he ran to his father and hugged him. He didn’t want to let go as his family encourages him to make a wish and blow out the candles. But first, moms need big hugs too.
Finally, Abraham blew out the candle but forgot to make a wish. However, it wouldn’t hurt if he lit a candle and let him make a secret wish. Especially if it’s your first birthday cake and it’s your first birthday celebration.
“I never celebrate them. I didn’t know it was my birthday,” Abraham told Steve Hartman on the CBS Evening News. “I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world,” he said. “It’s not just a birthday cake. It’s a blessing cake.”
Of course, Abraham’s story went viral because of its wholesomeness. When I see Abraham’s enthusiasm and joy, I can’t help but smile and cry.