"Let me know so we can it make work." These were the words that lead mum, Tricia Klein, to RSVP "Hell yes," for the first time to a birthday party invitation her son received from a school friend.
Ms Klein's son Timothy, was diagnosed with non-verbal autism in 2010. On her blog, The book of Timothy she writes, "He didn't follow any of the typical baby-toddler milestones. He didn't point at things or jabber like a toddler. In fact, Timothy hated to be touched, period."
Over the years, because of his special needs, Ms Klein describes that Timothy has had to miss out on many occasions - play dates, organised sports, sleep overs and, most frequently, birthday parties.
"I can say whole-heartedly that my son has not attended a single one," she writes. Despite being thankful that Timothy is included by his classmates, Ms Klein explains, "I wonder if 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. So we politely decline. Every Single One."
That is, until an invitation arrived from Timothy's friend, Carter. Also, attached was a letter from the birthday boy's mother. "Carter sat beside Timothy at school and he always talks about him," It read. " 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 balloons & water guns. 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."
Ms Klein said that although she doesn't know the mother who authored the letter, or even her child personally, she'd "desperately" like to. "This mum wrote exactly what I needed to see that day and didn't even know it."
In a blog post, Ms Klein expressed that the mother's kindness has give her hope for her son's future, "when sometimes, I get stuck in the darkness of his diagnosis."
"This ------>(ME) Mum will be RSVPing a HELL YES for the first time ever," she said. "And I can't wait."