Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dear Rovio, Thank You!

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Last week I shared with you this awesome creation from my son.  It is his "morning newspaper" announcement for Angry Birds Space.

My son, whom I refer to as "Bug" here on the blog, is just obsessed with all things Angry Birds.

When I shared this creation I tweeted out the post as I normally do only this time I tagged the official Angry Birds Twitter feed along with it.  I thought it would be cool to share it with the people at Rovio, but I never imagined it would be so well received!

Since posting Bug's creation I have had many, many visitors to my blog from Finland - kiitos!

Bug has become pretty popular with the people from Rovio, so much so that I was contacted by someone in their PR department and told they would like to send him something special for the launch of Angry Birds Space, which is officially March 22, 2012.

After a few emails back and forth and some direct messaging on Twitter I can really only say I am truly amazed at the kindness of the people from Rovio.  I didn't know what to expect when they said they were going to send him something special, but they told me that Bug would be the first person in the world to receive whatever it is.  The first!  My kid!  Wow!  Thanks, Rovio!

So we tracked the package and today was the day.  We excitedly waited for it to arrive.

Bug drew pictures all morning of Angry Birds and Finland and what he imagined it looks like at the Rovio offices. He drew birds in space, birds in packages, birds on planes, birds at the beach - he's drawn more birds today than I've ever seen him draw.

And then it arrived.

I present to you now a story, in both pictures and words, of one little boy who really loves Angry Birds...


It all started with a game that he plays every day without fail and that led to toys and pajamas and the Knock on Wood game where he can build his own courses...


There are t-shirts and posters and sometimes he lines up the birds to stare down that pig, I never know where I'll find them...


But nothing for Bug could ever compare to the extreme coolness of getting his very own package, all the way from Finland, from the people at Rovio...


That's one happy kid!  So we sat down and opened the box...



 Four shirts!  Rovio, making him smile that much made me cry mommy tears of joy :)



The National Geographic Angry Birds Space book - it's the official companion book to the game.  He loves it!  The book is not only filled with fun Angry Birds stuff, but it is educational too!  Rovio, this mom thanks you so much for adding in such educational goodness.  Learning about space while having fun is just excellent!

Angry Birds Space special edition bandages... LOVE!!!  Kids get hurt, they want band-aids.  This is perfect!  Thank you!

The Ice Bird - Oh my goodness, when Bug saw this he just lit up all over.  He was just reading about the Ice Bird today on The Daily.

And stickers... So many stickers!  He loves it all!


That smile on his face is priceless.  I am sincerely grateful to the people at Rovio for taking the time to notice my son.  He's just a young boy who loves a game, who happens to obsess a bit (as do many kids with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome) and who wants all the people at Rovio to know just how much he appreciates what you've done for him...


From Bug and from me, thank you, Rovio.  Thank you for taking the time to care.

Thank you for being so kind.  Thank you for creating such a fun game and for creating it in a way where it can be used to help educate kids.  Your representatives, your company, all of you will always have a special place in our hearts.  This was beyond anything we ever expected and we are truly grateful.

42 comments:

  1. I'm crying Mommy tears of joy with and for you and Bug. What an amazing story and I can't think of anyone better for it to happen to! I am SO happy for you and Bug right now! Let me be the first to chime in my thanks with you to Rovio, what an amazing company! Way to go Rovio!!

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  2. As the father to this GREAT kid, I too want to thank Rovio for their generosity! Thank you for putting a BIG smile on his face.

    Thanks again Rovio

    Bug's Dad

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  3. The Rovio people are awesome...and the author of Angry Birds Space is as good as they come. So glad Bug loved his box of goodness!

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  4. That's so cool! I am Bird Leader from AngryBirdsNest.com (ABN). I started ABN because my son and I got addicted to Angry Birds and I wanted to help others with the game, including us parents. I totally get this and am stoked for you guys. I had the privilege of meeting some of the Rovio team last week at GDC and they truly are an amazing group. Good games, great people, good times. Best of luck and enjoy all the goodies.

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  5. Granda Paul says AWESOME!

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  6. As a Finnish mom of an autistic son I feel proud - and very happy for you :-) These 'obsessions' or strong interests can be incredibly useful as motivators to learn all kinds of neat things. I don't know where we'd be without those...

    I hope you'll come and visit Finland one day! This a comparatively autist-friendly place.

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  7. The story makes the day better!

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  8. For a finnish company making this good deed, I feel proud to be finnish! Good luck to you and your son!

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  9. I'm happy to see your son smiling. I hope that he will have many happy days more to come. Greetings from Finland.

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  10. What a great way to reach out from Rovio! Great use of social media right there!

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  11. Great story. Greetings from Finland... :)

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  12. Really nice story! Really feel good to live in Finland when read something like this. Greetings from Finland and happy moments with new stuff! :)

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  13. Happy story. Greetings from Finnish Lapland.

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  14. This was a beautilul story. It put tears to my eyes. Weel done Rovio, now I can say that I´m proud to be finnish. Grretings to Bug & the whole family.

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  15. Very special story! Thank You for sharing!
    Warm regards from the South of Finland

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  16. Wow thats a nice plush!

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  17. Thank you everyone for stopping by. This has been so much fun! Topping it off today, Bug stood up in his social skills group and yelled, "I'm famous in Finland!" LOL!!!

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  18. Oh my goodness!! That's so awesome! Tell Bug that both my boys are gonna be SUPER jealous when they find out. (they might just start pushing for a nevada vacay...LOL)

    I, myself, don't get the Angry Birds appeal but my boys do. I think it's super awesome that the company did that for him. :) :) Makes me almost want to give the game a 2nd try. LOL *wink*

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  19. Rovio rocks, and Bug is one lucky dude! Terri Dunlap told me about your story..this is great..Company gone good! We are big fans of Angry Birds in this house, maybe it is time to move from the Free App to the paid version..we love to support companies that do good!! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. wow. he REALY love angry birds

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  21. This is so awesome, Becki! So happy for Bug. Go Rovio!

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  22. One comment more - from South West of Finland!

    All the best to Bug and his parents!

    That was a great story, which indeed made my day.

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  23. Yes Bug is right, he is famous in Finland, just read about him in the local paper :) I wish Bug and his family all the best!

    P.S Loved those Angry Birds Space special edition bandages :)

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  24. Oh my goodness, wow! Do you have any idea how I could get that paper? I would love to save it.

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  25. I found it! Now I just need to translate it, haha! How neat! We are all just amazed at the outpouring of kindness from the people of Finland. It's a beautiful thing. Thank you!

    http://www.iltalehti.fi/perhe/2012031615334043_pr.shtml

    Anyone out there want to translate for me?

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    1. I can translate it if you still need it done. Don't know what the best way to do it is though, prob a bit long for a post..

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    2. Thank you for the offer. I think we got it, but would you mind checking to see if we are correct? I posted it here on the blog with post title "My Bug Made the News" http://www.mommastime.com/2012/03/my-bug-made-news.html

      We really appreciate it. Thank you :):):)

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    3. Hi the translation is good :) glad someone did it for you so quickly!

      Happy Paddy's Day and all the best to Bug & family from a proud (at least today ;) ) Finn living in Ireland x

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  26. All the best for Bug and parents!

    It´s a beautiful spring day in Finland and your story just made it a little bit better!

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    1. Thank you! Your comment brightens my day :)

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  27. a big hug to you and Bug! :)

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  28. What a lucky kid is your little boy, I'm also a huge fan of Angry Birds, congratulations for all the gifts! :)

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  29. THAT. IS. AWESOME!!! All of it! I was crying a few tears of joy for him too! :D

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  30. Proud to be Finnish!

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  31. That is avesome!
    I'm very big AB fan too :)

    Greetings from Finland!

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