So, when Elias was given a probable diagnosis of Tourettes' this summer I wondered how much the other kids would take in. Josiah has accompanied us to the therapist every other week and played quietly on the floor and every once in a while chimed in to "tell the teacher when the kids tease you." He, in his quiet own way, has been very sweet to his big brother just by being so co-operative about going to the appointments.
And, one time this summer after a friend had spent the night, Addie's friend asked, "Why does your brother make those funny noises?" Adelaide said matter of factly, "He has tics. Not animals tics, but these things he does that he can't help." I was so proud of her...Since then, all the kids have been around the dinner table when we have talked about doctors' appointments and occupational therapy and the teasing that Elias experienced last year. They have been around when he chose to make his video about Tourettes and to share the information with his class.
But, were we ever surprised, though, when Adelaide casually mentioned to us that she told the principal that her brother got teased a lot at Media Elementary School. We vaguely knew that all kids who had October birthdays get to eat with the principal. But, she must have decided this was a good venue in which to bring it up with the principal. Curiously, I asked her what the principal said and Addie lifted her voice and said, "Oh?" imitating an older woman's response to such a statement by a seven year old. I think it took a brave girl to bring up that topic on her own in front of a group of peers and in front of THE authority figure at the school. But, that is my Addie. She can truly surprise me with her kindness and grace.