But, not for Mum.
She ended up in the ball pit; crying.
She didn't want anyone to know.
She didn't want anyone to see.
She doesn't want the people who hosted the party to know.
They are friends; true friends.
They absolutely and totally included me in everything about that party. That's what they always do. They are proud of me and see me for my strengths, so Mum doesn't want them to worry.
Their party was great. They are great.
What made Mum cry was seeing a bunch of five years olds; running, climbing and playing. She watched them helping themselves to party food and laughing and playing.
And I couldn't do those things.
It just reminded her of my 'can'ts'.
She's known most of those kids for five years and she is proud of them. She is glad they are happy and healthy and strong.
But sometimes, she needs to cry in the ball pit.
Wiping her tears, she got me and started a fun game of dodgem cars with me in my wheelchair and my sisters in their push cars. And, she smiled and laughed.
***Really... Party Hosts, you are awesome. You did everything right. xxx
Going to parties with Dexter will become more and more difficult as the children get older.
We still want Dexter to be invited and included, don't ever doubt that!
And, for as long as Dexter has fun, his mum will take him.
She will do her best to let him join in on everything.
But, occasionally, there might be tears in a ball pit.
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