Car accidents! Uninsured motorists claims! Slip and fall accidents! Workers’ comp claims! Those are certainly the makings for a magical birthday party for a two-year-old!
New Orleans mom L’erin Dobra went a little off the beaten path when picking the theme for her son Grayson’s birthday celebration. And by “off the beaten path” we mean “a million miles into space.” And we are applauding the crap out of her unique choice.
Little Grayson has an obsession with a personal injury lawyer named Morris Bart, whose commercials the feature the tagline “One call, that’s all” run all day, every day. You know the kind of ads, right? We’ve all seen personal injury lawyer commercials. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, just watch Morris’ commercial and you’ll get a general idea:
“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” Dobra told The Acadiana Advocate. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say, ‘One call’ or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.'”
So when it came time to choose a theme for Grayson’s second birthday, it was kind of a no-brainer.
Dobra got a cake that was adorned with Morris Bart’s photo and put up decorations featuring the lawyer. She even invited the man himself, but he couldn’t attend so instead sent along some gifts for Grayson, including Morris Bart key chains and a framed autographed photo.
“I read the story and it put a big smile on my face,” Bart tells E! News, who adds he was “flattered” by the party theme. “It’s refreshing after all these years to see something so heartwarming like this little two-year-old boy wanting to have a birthday party from my advertising.”
Bart hopes to meet Grayson in person someday and wants to arrange something special for him.
“I’m in awe how the story has spread around the world. I think everyone remembers when they were a child they look back at the local commercials and jingles in their area and that stuck with them and that was a very special time,” he says. “When people read this story it brings back that special time”
@lerindobra congratulations on your adorable son, and the worldwide publicity your unique birthday party for him has generated!
— Morris Bart (@morrisbart) July 30, 2015
He’s right. When we were discussing the party theme with some E! Online staffers, one of our reporters originally from New Orleans practically jumped out of her chair when she heard the story.
“Morris Bart is a huge star in New Orleans,” she insisted. “He’s basically my childhood.”
Sorry, Iron Man. Your s–t is weak. Morris Bart is now where it’s at when it comes to toddler birthday parties.
—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua
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