Last night I went to bed with a big smile on my face. I was thinking about how I can feel changes coming just around the corner.
It all started a little more than a year ago with a young boy being noticed in quite a few print advertisements in the United States. It was the same boy who had been seen in some ads for Target and Nordstrom. Seeing the ads sparked a feeling of disappointment in me. Not for the young boy Ryan who has Down Syndrome-I was actually thrilled to see him up there in the circulars right next to the typical kids knowing that the retail giants didn’t make fuss over the fact that he was included in their campaign. It all seemed like it was pretty much the next step…RIGHT? My disappointment came from the fact that I felt that the Philippines was light years away from being able to boast of such inclusion in advertising.
And then this happened last night…
Before getting the kids ready for bed, Nino called us all over to see something he found on the internet. We all gathered around him while Gelli played on the floor.
He played this commercial for us.
We played it again and again. We probably watched it about 3x back to back. It made us all feel really good. In fact, my eldest son said “Mom, I think that’s the best commercial I’ve seen in a long time.” I completely agreed.
I have always wondered if staying here in Manila was a good choice for Gellibean. I contemplated leaving Manila after she was first born, thinking that I needed to be back in NY where I knew how things worked for special kids. Or at least where I had an idea of how they work…
I’m sure that there will be many days where I contemplate whether or not I’m making the correct decisions in raising ALL of my kids. I do this often. It’s what makes me…me. I don’t pretend to know everything, and I’m definitely not an expert at anything more than trying my best…but I do know what makes me feel good.
And this commercial made me feel good.
Kudos to McDonald’s and all those involved with the making of this TVC. Congratulations to Paolo for forging ahead with the support of his loving family.