A mother who found out her son was the only boy in the class not invited to a classmate's birthday party penned an open letter to the mother.
Last week the mom posted the letter on Facebook addressed to “the parent that thought it was OK to invite the entire class to their child’s birthday except for my son.”
The letter had over 20,000 likes and many comments before it was removed.
“I know it’s not because he’s mean, you couldn’t meet a happier child,” she wrote. “I know it’s not because he’s not fun, he has a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. I know it’s not because your child and him don’t get along, he’s brought up your child’s name on several occasions.”
“The only reason why you decided it was OK to not invite my son to your child’s birthday party is because he has Down syndrome,” she said.
"You see, having Down Syndrome doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have friends. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have feelings. It doesn’t mean you don’t like to go to birthday parties. People with Down Syndrome want the same things that you and I want. They want to have close relationships, they want to feel love, they want to contribute, they want to have meaningful lives, and they want to go to birthday parties. It may be more difficult at times to understand my child. But the laughter and love that you share doesn’t need interpretation.”
Acknowledging that it may have been better to talk to the class about Down Syndrome rather than discussing only the mother concluded by saying she is '"not a scary person. I recognize that we all make mistakes and at the end of the day, I think we both could have done better.”
The post may have been removed as the story ended well.
In an update to the post, the mom said this story has a “happy ending.” After the parent read the letter her son received a special invitation to the birthday party.
“Of course he’s been beaming ever since and can’t stop talking about it,”