Birthday Cake Decorated By Woman With Autism Goes Viral (PHOTO)

One Michigan woman's story about a birthday cake has gone viral, and it's for an unexpected and wonderful reason. When Lisa Aldrich ordered a personalized cake for a birthday celebration, she didn't even look at the lettering until after she thanked the cake decorator and walked to the checkout line.

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What she saw was a poorly lettered "Happy Birthday Mandy," instead of the professional lettering one might expect from a bakery. She said she didn't really care, and thought people would think it was funny, so she went with it.

When the cashier saw it, though, she was concerned and called the manager over. After some discussion, and Aldrich's reassurance that she didn't mind, a store employee let her in on what had happened. Aldrich wrote in a Facebook post:

To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said "the girl who wrote that has autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her -- even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day."

Who knew that having a sense of humor and kindness in your soul could make such an impact? Aldrich shared her story on Facebook, along with a picture of the cake, and it quickly went viral.

Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and...

Posted by Lisa Sarber Aldrich on Sunday, 29 November 2015

The post has been shared more than 110,000 times. Aldrich added that the moral of her story is that "kindness is important." She wrote, "I can't believe how awesome God is that he is using this story to bless so many people! God is so, so good."

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In a follow-up, she said that she has been contacted by over 100 families with autistic loved ones, thanking her for her sharing her story. She also said that she talked to the store manager the next day to make sure her cake decorator didn't get in trouble, and was assured that she did not. "They told her to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer's needs, and she did just that," she shared.

 

Image via Lisa Sarber Aldrich/Facebook

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