Dear Awesome Mom,
It was an ordinary school day when I picked up my daughter to take her to her therapy sessions. We went home for a quick lunch before the therapist arrived. I am unpacking her backpack with her snack bag and her communication book.
Your son’s birthday invitation to my daughter is sitting in her back and forth folder from the school. A piece of paper that shone like it was a marquee on Broadway. I quickly took a picture of it and sent it to my husband. There was a note in her communication book that not everyone in her class was invited. In her young 5 years, this is the first non-family friend’s invite. It took me days to reply to the invitation. I ended up spilling my heart in an email to you. When I said the word “autism” in the email, I almost regretted it. The word divides and separates us from the rest of the world. I had also put in the email about how my daughter doesn’t have a strong vocabulary, so I will have to stay. Then, you responded a nonchalant way, inviting me to stay.
I spied on the calendar with mixed anxiety as the date as it came closer. The party is being held at a local indoor play center. For sensory kids, I foresaw the problems that could arise.
When we got ready for the party, I only asked my girl if she wanted to say happy birthday to your son. She broke into a beaming smile and was ready to go. I slid the car into the parking lot filled with various emotions. I took a big breath and open the car door. We stepped onto the sidewalk, opened the door, and were met with the fun-loving sounds of kids having a good time.
We met you as my girl ran off to explore. The moment I shook your hand, I got it. I know knew why your son is so compassionate and kind. It’s because of you and your spouse being strong examples to your kids. Then, I met your parents. Generations of kindness.
You didn’t even blink when my girl vocalized her complaints when I made her stay to eat with the kids. You didn’t blink, nor judged my daughter when she played in the toddler area and not with the rest the party. I’m so grateful to know you and your son are within my daughter’s world. The world needs more of him, and your family. You give me hope.
Thank you, Awesome Mom.