Mom Hands Son A Card At Disney World And He Breaks Down When He Reads That Stepdad Adopted Him

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

John Marcus Patterson was visiting Disney World with his family. They had stopped to meet Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

His mom handed him a small badge to read out as the surprise was recorded on camera. John Marcus was completely confused.

“I’m celebrating my stepdad adopting me!” John Marcus exclaimed as he got to the end of the sentence.

His stepdad, Ryan Patterson, had the adoption surprise planned all along.

“John Marcus mentioned to us that he really wanted to be a Patterson, as his last name was Costa, and he felt left out,” Ryan said. “I’ve known him since he was 3, when I met my wife — his mother — Jenny, and even though he called me Dad from very early on, it wasn’t official with his name and court documents.”

The family from Ontario thought the trip to Disney World would be the perfect opportunity.

“We thought it would be a magical idea to surprise him during our Disney trip, and we decided to do it with Jack and Sally, as they’re from his favorite film, The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Ryan said.

Even John and Sally began to tear up during the big announcement.

“It was definitely one of the best moments of our lives — and the best day ever, according to John Marcus,” he said.

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