Little kids start out being inclusive enough--prompted by their parents, they're happy to invite every classmate to their birthday parties. (More presents!) But as they get into grade-school, they get pickier about who joins them to celebrate their special day.
That's why Tricia Rhynold, from Brantford, Ontario, has come to dread birthday party invites. Her son Timothy, who's 7, has autism, and socializing with other kids--even when he desperately wants to--is tough for him. "I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy?" she muses in a post written For Every Mom. "The interruptions, the meltdowns. How I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child." So even though she's been grateful for every invitation, she's turned them down.
Except for this one. Along with the invitation, the mom of the birthday boy sent along this note: “Carter always talks about Timothy. I really hope he can come. We are renting a bounce castle that we can attach a small bounce slide at the bottom. We will also have water balloon’s and water guns. Maybe Timothy can come earlier in the day if it would be too much with the whole class. Let me know how we can make it work.”
No wonder Rhynold cried. It's the note that every mom wants to read--the one that tells you your special needs child is accepted for who he is and included along with all the other kids.
via For Every Mom