Mom Moved to Tears by Birthday Party Invitation Sent Home With Her Son

Mom Moved to Tears by Birthday Party Invitation Sent Home With Her Son

Tricia Klein said reading the note was a “wonderful moment.”

(ABC News) — A Canadian mom was moved to tears after her son brought home a birthday party invitation accompanied by a touching letter penned by a class mom, whom she’d never met.

“It was an ugly cry for me that day,” Tricia Klein of Brantford, Ontario, told ABC News. “Yes, I was shocked that someone would take not only the time to write the note, but to be considerate enough to include him with all of his difficulties. It was a wonderful moment.”

Klein, 34, a mom of three, said her youngest son Timothy, 7, was diagnosed with non-verbalautism when he was 2 years old.

“While it allowed us to access services, the diagnosis was pure devastation,” she said. “I went through a long period of grieving…this was not the son I expected to have, or the life I expected us to live. Of course you love your children no matter what, I’m not saying that has ever, or will ever change regardless of what comes our way. At the time I felt robbed, robbed of the toddler years, the milestones of typical childhood and future years to come.”

Despite facing many “scary” challenges, Klein said Timothy is doing much better.

“Timothy is a very happy and social little guy,” she said. “He struggles with social interaction, but longs to be a part of groups and activities and have friends like every other kid his age. He loves to play soccer…watch YouTube videos and swim.”

But because Timothy has difficulty being among crowds and gets “overstimulated easily,” Klein said she’d often decline birthday party invites from his classmates.

“When he gets anxious, he focuses on doors–repeatedly opens and closes them…for hours, if you would let him,” Klein said. “It’s tough because he really does crave social interaction and being included. He also has many food aversions and difficulty with sensory input. I would hate for Timothy to have these difficulties and take the spotlight from the birthday child.”

Klein said the most memorable party invitation included this attached note:

“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 too much with the whole class. Let me know so we can make it work.”

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