Sometimes we are surprised by the wishes of the younger generation of children when those letters contain wishes for things other than toys, clothing, etc. Occasionally, they astonish us with peculiar desires. This tale from 2013 is one example of that kind.
Karen Suffern of Rocky Mount, North Carolina was taken aback by the reaction of her 8-year-old twins, Ryan and Amber, when she asked them to write a letter to Santa.
She was shocked to learn that Ryan had asked Santa to put an end to the school bullies who were harassing his sister. Every day, Amber, a third-grader, had to deal with bullies. Karen anticipated that her twins would ask for the typical items—clothes, toys, books, etc.
Courtesy Karen Suffern
“Dear Santa,” Ryan had penned in his first wish. I no longer want the [remote control] automobile and helicopter that I once desired. Amber continues to be picked on by schoolchildren, which is unfair because she does nothing to them. “I prayed for them to stop, but God is angry and in need of your assistance. “Is it forbidden to present the gift before the deadline?” he wrote.
(Set aside the misspellings. He is, after all, a cute little kid.
“Is it possible to get Big Time Rush to attend Amber’s birthday party?” was his second wish. She will be overjoyed by it. If you’re unable to convince them to come, just give her everything she requests. Regards, Santa.
Amber was a fan of the well-known New York City band Big Time Rush.
“Of course, I read it to find out what he wanted,” Karen stated after Ryan gave it to her and warned her not to read it. “At that moment, I became aware and thought, ‘Oh my god.'”
The letter went viral around the world after Karen shared it on her Facebook page with her family and a select group of close friends. Ryan’s words moved a lot of people. “It’s simultaneously astounding and intimidating,” Karen remarked.
“Good Morning America” called Karen and her twins after seeing his letter. That day, “Good Morning America” granted one of his demands.
When they sat with Josh Elliott who was the co-anchor of Good Morning America, Amber explained how kids at school pick on her but said she didn’t know why.
In the interview, Amber told Elliott, “They say I’m fat. I’m stupid. I’m ugly. And I’m hideous. I don’t really believe them,”
When Ryan said he wished kids would bother him instead of his sister, she told, “You don’t have to do that” “Yes, I do,” he intervened. Amber said Ryan is a fun, active, and protective brother. That’s why she was touched by his letter to Santa.
Meanwhile, to their surprise, Big Time Rush was waiting for them to surprise her as an early birthday present, just what Ryan wished for. Amber was serenaded with a special performance by her favorite band Big Time Rush. It brought a much-needed smile to her face. They were also invited as VIP guests at a weekend concert in New York City.
Now about bullying: Karen was already aware that her daughter was bullied at school and it broke her heart. “She would tell me things that kids would say at school,” Karen explained. “They would egg her on to do different things: she would crawl on the floors on a bus. You know, she would eat things off the chairs…It hurt me because I’m like, ‘I hope she’s not feeling how I used to feel when I was her age’? And it was a pattern.”
Karen was also bullied in her childhood. In a recent conversation with Amber, she said: “sometimes I just feel like I wanna die so they’ll leave me alone.” That’s the time Karen decided that it must end.
“As soon as those words came out of her mouth, I literally felt my heart stop,” Karen said, getting emotional. “I told her I would do everything I could to protect her.”
Karen said Amber was suffering from ADHD, depression, and mood disorder. Because of Ryan’s letter, Karen was allowed to start a dialogue with her children’s school, which made things better for Amber.
Karen said, “The school has been in touch and they’re making sure my daughter feels comfortable and safe. They moved her on the bus because about 98 percent of the bullying takes place on the bus. She’s now sitting with her cousin who’s much older than Amber is”.
“Today and yesterday she didn’t wake up begging me to let her stay home, so I guess that’s a good sign,” Karen said.
This shows how a rightly motivated letter of a little one could make a big impact.