Waitress spots 4-year-old signing – decides to make his birthday meal memorable

No birthday meal in a restaurant would be complete without a birthday song from your servers and for a child this is a great way to make them feel the center of attention on their special day.

Two servers in Tennessee took this responsibility very seriously after seeing Octavius Mitchell, Jr. celebrating his fourth birthday and realized this sweet boy needed an extra special birthday song.



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Shatika Dixon took her son Octavius to Texas Roadhouse on July 18, 2018, to celebrate his fourth birthday. Birthday guests usually sit on a saddle at the steakhouse while servers sing the birthday song.

“He loves animals so he was so excited about getting to sit on this and (have) all the attention on him,” Shatika said.

Dixon received the special birthday treatment of sitting on the saddle while his servers sang the birthday song. But one server noticed that Shatika was using American Sign Language to communicate with her birthday boy.

“I’m sitting there and I’m watching from a distance, and the mom is signing to the little boy which I noticed he had his hearing aids,” Kathryn Marasco, a server at Texas Roadhouse, said.

Octavius was actually born with hearing impaired, according to CBS News

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With help from her fellow server Brandi White, Kathryn pulled up a video of how to sign happy birthday.

Kathryn said, “She (Brandi) comes up to me and says, ‘Kat, Kat. I found a YouTube video of how to sign happy birthday.’ So we’re sitting down next to each other. It took us two seconds to learn it.”

The two servers then went over the table and signed “happy birthday.”

Shatika was overwhelmed with emotion that the two servers had been so considerate of her child’s needs adding, “Everybody thinks we’re crazy when we’re out talking and we’re signing. So it’s really important to me that someone noticed that and picked up on that and made that special just for him, my baby.”

What a thoughtful way to make a special child feel even more special. We need more people like these two ladies in the world! Please share this inspirational story with your friends and family.