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Brock Heasley

author, artist, occasional sleeper

UPDATE: Well, by going with a slightly more obscure song I was able to bypass the YouTube censors and finally get this video viewable by all. The only downside is that a lot of care went into cutting the video to sync up with the original, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay. If you’d like to see the video as it was originally intended (and you have the song), hit play on Every Teardrop about a half second after the video starts. Enjoy! Original post as follows…

For three years in a row now my daughter Cami’s birthday party has lasted exactly one half hour. This isn’t a cruelty, this is the exact perfect length for the type of party she enjoys so much. You see, at Cami’s party, we bounce balls. And that’s it.

I got the idea just before Cami’s fifth birthday as I tried to think of something what she would enjoy most. After all, it’s not like she can tell me. Cami, who has special needs, is non verbal. She communicates with a few signs, but mostly with smiles, laughs and cries. She never smiles bigger or laughs more than when she sees a ball bouncing.

“So,” I thought. “Why not get as many balls bouncing at the same time as possible?”

Just look at Cami’s face. That’s why we do it. Trust me, a half hour is about all you can take of that much pure, concentrated fun.

The first year we did this, about 20 people showed up. The next year, 30. This year, past attendees had been talking the party up so much that we had 80+ people. Amazing.

Big thanks to those of you reading this who attended this year! It was our best yet.

Do you have any unusual birthday traditions? Love to hear ‘em.

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