I always teased my mom about how she threw Leanne these elaborate birthday parties and I got nothing. She would promise to throw me a big party, too. I would laugh and tell her that unlike Leanne, I didn't have hundreds of friends to invite. So in this moment, with tears streaming down my face, I felt my mom there. Of course she was in on it. Mama Hop left my birthday in Leanne's hands and Leanne saw to it that I was properly celebrated. I will never be as popular and beloved as Leanne, but Leanne loves me more than a million people combined ever could. 10-10-2020.