"'Tis the season for kindness and graciousness."
That's the moral of the story, writes Lisa Aldrich after she ordered a cake from a Meijer store in Gaines Township, Michigan. The simplest of words, "Happy Birthday" have since garnered the attention of hundreds of thousands on Facebook since Aldrich posted a photo to Facebook this past Saturday.
"Happy Birthday Mandy," the cake read.
Aldrich asked an employee whom she thought worked in the bakery department to write on the cake, according to the Facebook post. The woman said "yes."
"... and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake. I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. After looking, I nervously laughed and headed to check out -- it didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad -- I thought people would think it was funny," Aldrich wrote.
While checking out, Aldrich was approached by several cashiers and a manager wanting to have a look at the cake.
Then a realization.
"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,'" Aldrich wrote.
Since Saturday, the Facebook post has been shared nearly 80,000 times. What a sweet story.