When you're a kid, birthday parties are all the rage.
What could be better than going over to your friends' house to eat cake, play games, help them unwrap presents, eat more cake, pass out from a sugar overdose and have your parents carry you home in their arms like a little baby?
Yes, birthday parties really are fun. But for some kids they are a luxury.
Meet Timothy Rhynold and his loving mom Tricia. Timothy, 7, suffers from nonverbal autism, which makes it hard for him to deal with large crowds and new environments.
Because of his diagnosis, Timothy hasn't attended any of the social gatherings common to kids: "Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs, birthday parties. I can say whole-heartedly that my son has not attended a single one," his mom writes.
But it wasn't because he wasn't welcome. On the contrary, in the past few years, Timothy has received countless invitations, but his mom had to decline all of them.
The reason? Rhynold was too anxious Timothy couldn't handle the multitude of people.
"I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy? The interruptions... The meltdowns... How I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child," Tricia Rhynold writes in her blog.
But everything changed when this note arrived in the mail.
Yes, it was another b-day party invitation. But for the first time, a stranger offered to go out of their way to make sure Timothy could actually attend the celebration.
The note read: "Maybe Timothy can come earlier in the day if it would be too much with the whole class. Let me know so we can make it work."
"I don't know this Mom or even this child personally.
I want to. Desperately.
This Mom wrote exactly what I needed to see that day and didn't even know it.
This Mom gives me hope for Timothy's future when sometimes I get stuck in the darkness of his diagnosis.
This Mom is everything I strive to be.
This Mom rocks.
This ------>(ME) Mom will be RSVPing a HELL YES for the first time ever. And I can't wait," Tricia Rhynold shared her excitement after receiving the invitation.
According to Tricia, simple gestures like this not only make children with special needs feel included, but also restore their parents' faith in humanity.
Judging from the photographs Timothy's mom shared with A Plus, it seems like the two had a blast.
We hope from now on, more parents will take Timothy's condition into account and he'll be able to attend every single party he's invited to.