There's only one word for this: incredible.
Peter and Marika Rosenthal Delan recently attended Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience Tour with their 8-year-old son, Julian. It was his only birthday wish this year, and both parents were excited to attend. However, Marika was also worried about her fellow audience members and their potentially negative reactions to their son's autism.
"My worry was if his Dad and I were still figuring him out, how were all these people around us going to understand him or the fact that he might say the same things over and over all night or knock over their beer, or the fact that he could listen to Sexyback 6000 times and never get sick of it? And trust me when I tell you this summer I learned that is, in fact, entirely possible," she wrote on YouTube.
Thankfully, the crowd could not have been more supportive. In fact, it was because of them that Justin Timberlake ultimately sang Happy Birthday to Julian:
"And at the perfect quiet moment, the group in front of us started yelling to get Justin’s attention, because despite his loud volume, Julian’s voice was not carrying. Only repeating. And then before we knew what was happening, the group in front of us that had turned out to be so incredibly kind all night to our birthday boy, and these gorgeous girls who I was convinced would be totally annoyed by Julian, had captured Justin’s attention. And then it happened. Justin Timberlake was singing Happy Birthday. They all were.
The awesome grandmother of 3 sitting in front of us.
The model-esque girls sitting to our right.
The people sitting to our left that offered us the video that they captured of the whole thing.
They were all singing.
All 25,000 of them."
This entire story gave me chills. It's just beautiful.
Not only that, it solidifies a belief that I've only begun to form over the last few years, since attending my first concert: Music has the power to unite us all despite our differences, and it's one of the most powerful gifts in this life we live.
Check out the heartwarming moment below.
For more on autism and how you can help, visit "Julian's World".
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