A Canadian woman was moved to tears after another mother expressed a genuine desire to accommodate her son.
Trician Klein of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, has a 7-year-old son who was diagnosed with non-verbal autism, ABC News reports. According to Klein’s blog, The Book of Timothy, her family does not partake in various activities because is unable to tolerate many public events.
"It's tough because he really does crave social interaction and being included,” Klein wrote.
In summer 2015, Ainsley Peikos sent Klein a note along with an invitation to her son’s birthday party:
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.
Klein mentioned that before receiving that note, she had declined every invitation Timothy had ever received to a birthday party.
“I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy?” she wrote. “The interruptions ... the meltdowns ... how I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child.”
Klein had never met Peikos before, but her note moved her to tears.
"It was an ugly cry for me that day," she 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."
Peikos said she never had a doubt about inviting Timothy.
"The only question was, 'How could we make it work so that Timothy could come and have a great time just like anyone else?''" she said. “He came early.”
Klein wrote in her blog that Timothy recognized Carter immediately and ran into the inflatable castle.
“It almost took my breath away how easily he fit in,” she added.
Peikos has been able to develop an “amazing friendship” with Klein as a result of her act of kindness.
"I never thought that the words 'Let's make it work' would impact my life forever," Peikos told ABC News. "I love knowing that one note gave her the ability to go on another day as she continues life with Timothy."
Klein said she hopes her experience will help all children to feel included.
"All they want is to feel included and accepted for who and what they are -- that different is okay ... it's just different," Klein said.