A five-year-old Norwegian boy named Egil who’s fascinated by the police and even has his own miniature police uniform was overwhelmed when two real live police officers arrived, in full uniform of their own, at his birthday party on Saturday. He’d invited them, but was dumbfounded when they actually showed up.
His mother, Synne Aunaas, told their local newspaper in the southern city of Halden that Egil had told her last spring that “I must invite my colleagues to my birthday party.” Aunaas told Halden Arbeiderblad that she thought he meant the other children at his local kindergarten, but no, he meant the police in Halden.
So with his mother’s help, he wrote a letter announcing that he would be turning five, having a party and “I hope you can come.” He added that “if you have any thieves you need to catch, you can just leave.”
The local police were so touched by Egil’s invitation that the station chief told two officers on patrol that they could drop by if there weren’t any more pressing duties, like, well, thieves to catch. It was a quiet afternoon in the town near the Swedish border so they showed up, and impressed all the young guests around the birthday table.
They also joined in singing Norway’s Hurra for deg (Hurrah for you) birthday song to Egil. It turned out to be a highly memorable party for all involved.