Although Cyrus' birthday is full of joy and celebration, it is also so loaded with so many other emotions. Raising a child with significant special needs is like walking down a different path than everybody else. A path that is taking you somewhere that no one else is going. Even the parents who have children with special needs, aren't walking down your path. I often find myself being challenged by everyday things, like a birthday party.
I love to host kids birthday parties. I love the cake and the decorations and the activities and the chaos. It's something that I'm good at, but having a party for Cyrus was anxiety provoking.
Who would I invite? Would they want to come? What if they didn't come? What do people at school know about Cyrus? Would Cyrus be O.K. with it all? Would he understand what was going on? Would it be fun? So I'd avoided it until now.
I spent the hours before the party pacing and sweating. But it was all just fine. People came, they all knew Cyrus, he was so happy to have them at his home, and it was even fun.