Timothy Rhynold is a 7-year-old boy with nonverbal autism.
Timothy’s type of autism makes is difficult for him to deal with large crowds or new environments.
Autism may be just a diagnosis to some. But for Timothy, it means he can’t attend birthday parties, sleep overs, or even play organized sports.
“Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs, birthday parties. I can say whole-heartedly that my son has not attended a single one,” his mom, Tricia, wrote in her blog.
But it’s not because he’s unwelcome. His anxiety is just overwhelming.
“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 wrote.
Then Timothy and Tricia received something in the mail. Another birthday invitation.
But this one was different.
“Carter sat besides Timothy at school and he always talks about him :) I really hope he can come,” 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.”
Tricia was elated by the courtesy and consideration shown by the parent.
“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 says simple gestures like this not only make children with special needs feel included, but also restore their parents’ faith in humanity.