He wanted to give his adoptive daughter a fun and exciting birthday, which took weeks to plan.
Parents always want what's best for their kids and they go to great lengths to implement that. So, when a venue canceled a little girl's birthday party, her father knew exactly what he had to do. His adoptive daughter, Emma, was turning 7 and her mother "wanted to give her the big special birthday party that a lot of kids have," according to Imgur. Benjamin decided to give Emma a "Doctor Who" adventure that she would absolutely enjoy. They started by giving her a letter and because they had to shift the adventure a few days after her actual birthday, they told her all her gifts were stolen. In the place of the gifts, there was an envelope and two boxes. The father wanted to introduce her to cursive handwriting so he wrote the entire letter in cursive, which was a challenge for him.
Benjamin told us, "One of the things that we bonded with early on was our love for "Doctor Who." My wife and I introduced her to "Doctor Who" a few years before this birthday party." He added, "We didn't introduce her to the new episodes though, because some of the imagery was too intense for her, instead we started from the beginning and despite not being in color it quickly became a favorite of hers."
For the letter, she was asked to open the boxes labeled a1 and a2. The father wrote in the blog post, "The Doctor had explained to her that the intergalacticly infamous criminal kleptomaniac 'Jaimerson Parcepts' had stolen her presents." The letter further said that the doctor will come to help her but he is busy working on "a little 'weeping angel' infestation problem." The doctor didn't want to leave her unprotected so he gave her his sonic screwdriver. Emma was instantly interested and excited to get a letter from the doctor as she loved the original movie series.
"It actually really worked in our favor though because we could create a day that was more about creating the feeling of being a Doctor's companion and less about a ton of references," he wrote. They also gave her a lego set of "Millenium Falcon" which Emma started building after she deciphered the time of arrival of "Doctor Who" through a code in the letter.
Benjamin, who works as an assistant director in Austin, Texas, worked day and night to give a complete adventure to his daughter complete with three outfit changes. They also convinced her best friend to play along with her. They all went to Torchy Tacos to decide their game plan to get her presents back from Jaimerson Parcepts. The father, who had dressed up as the Doctor, did everything he could to make sure his daughter had the best birthday.
They had a dance party in the park after watching a movie at the theatre. The game concluded after a table of negotiations and a round of mini-golf. Benjamin wrote, "I am s**k a lucky man to be surrounded by friends and family that helped me make this day possible for my kid. I got to be the dad I've always wanted to be and it wouldn't have been possible without them." It has been six years since Emma had this iconic birthday and her parents are still continuously working to make their children's life and playtime interesting and fun. Benjamin said, "I came into Emma's life when she was two years old and am her adoptive father. She means the absolute world to me, and even though we don't share blood there is no doubt that she is my daughter."
He talked about his inspiration for this innovative birthday celebration. He said, "When I was growing up my mother made a really big deal about the 13th birthday and made a scavenger hunt for me that had thirteen clues and thirteen gifts. I never forgot how amazing that day was and how much effort my mother put into it, and I wanted to give Emma a similar experience." Talking about his procedure for planning this iconic day, he said, "At the time I was in production at film and was getting good at balancing a schedule. This was a special challenge for me to figure out the logistics of making everything work."
She added. "I think it's one of the highlights of my Dad's career." Benjamin now has three daughters and still plays make-believe with them but "instead of waiting until they are seven, we play Dungeons and Dragons together. I use it as a learning tool, and as a way to get on their level." He posts videos of their games on Youtube.