Tricia Rhynold shared this touching invitation her son Timothy received from a total stranger.

Tricia Rhynold and Timothy (via Facebook)


Being a parent to an autistic child is difficult and frustrating, but not always for the reasons you'd think. Often, dealing with other children and their parents can be just as much of a struggle as managing their own kids' needs. Most people don't understand autism very well, and you can hardly blame them. It was only recently that scientists even began to understand it. It's actually really hard to understand.

That's why, until recently, Tricia Rhynold had to turn down every birthday party invitation her seven-year-old son Timothy received. It broke her heart, but Tricia knew it was for the best. Timothy is severly autistic and nonverbal, subject to frequent outbursts. She knew that the risk of taking him to a party was too great. She wrote on her blog, The Book of Timothy:

I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy? The interruptions....the I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child.

Although she was grateful for the invitations, she always politely declined. That is, until the day this one came in the mail:

Now that's a great mom. (via The Book of Timothy)

Here's the full text:

"Carter sat beside Timothy at school and he always talks about him. 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 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."
Sources: The Book of Timothy