Dear Ben's Buddy's Mom/Dad,
Thank you for inviting Ben over for a sleep over (and then even inviting him again). Thank you for agreeing to do his middle of the night BG checks (even though you must be exhausted from wrangling a small herd of 11-year-old boys all evening).
Your generosity is a gift; a gift which allows Ben to enjoy a sleepover, a rite of passage, just like every other boy his age; a gift which allows Ben to feel included and no different than his friends; a gift which allows Ben to assert some T1 independence outside of my T1 mom hovering eyes. As you open your home to Ben at the same time you are opening the door to an independent fun filled world, a door which is often closed to young T1 kids.
You are likely familiar with the old proverb which states, “it takes a village to raise a child". This proverb is especially true for all the kids with Type 1 diabetes. Ben's village includes me, his dad, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, doctors, nurses, friends and his friend's very generous and loving parents. Thank you for being part of his village!
Sincerely,From the bottom of my T1 mom heart,