This is a very special Picture of the Saturday that I wanted to share; not for me but for a friend who deserves everything on this planet. I'm preparing myself as I am writing this - it's going to get emotional.
A member of the EPC Family and a huge Disney fan, Byron Chandler has always wanted to meet his favourite character - the wonderful Cinderella.
As well as commenting on Eric's vlogs, Byron has always been telling and asking me about Cinderella on mine. It makes me smile every time he mentions her name. She's so special to him.
One day in July, I came across Byron's post on the forum called My Biggest Dream, where he writes about meeting Cinderella and curtsying with her. I was very touched by his post and I prayed for him - that one day - his dream would come true. As the month's went on, I noticed Byron's messages grew and grew - which was brilliant; tbh, I never get bored of them.
But there was one message that stood out for me - I cannot remember which vlog it was posted on. However, I can remember the words he wrote. He told me that he was frightened because Byron thought he would be bullied for being with her and he lived far away; so, it was impossible for him to travel. As an Autistic person myself, I understand how it feels to be worried. I had been worried of things myself, but Byron was so brave to tell me his dream.
This continued until September - when I traveled to Walt Disney World. For a while, it didn't cross my mind. However, it wasn't until my second full day at Magic Kingdom when I released - at the last minute - that I was meeting Cinderella. In front of a short line, I saw her; dressed in her beautiful blue ballgown and glass slippers. I was so nervous. I didn't know what to do.
I had a friend who was with me at the time - she didn't know what I was doing. When she asked who wanted to go first (out of the two of us), I volunteered. I explained what I was going to do. With my hands shaking, I stood in silence, waiting for that moment to arrive. That came when Cinderella greeted me. We chatted for a brief period before I did this:
I couldn't believe I did it; it was a complete blank; I couldn't remember anything but it wasn't until I left that I have fulfilled a dream and standing in for a wonderful person who never stopped believing. I wanted to cry - it was a wonderful feeling. I never done something like this before but I'm so glad I did.
I uploaded my vlog yesterday - which had the footage and - well - I drew the biggest smile on my face. Byron, this post (and yesterday's vlog) is for you. You have always been there for your friends within the EPC Family. You deserve everything in life. Never stop believing in yourself and never let others bully you. You are the Cinderella in our lives. Every dream is a wish your heart makes - and your heart led you to a happily ever after.
And a slipper that fits. Keep on dreaming and never stop believing: because your dreams will keep growing. Until the end of time. xx