When Tallula was born my 10 year old nephew asked my mom if she was like Sebastian.
‘What do you mean?’ she asked.
‘Does she have a brain injury too?’ he responded.
‘No, she doesn’t.’
‘Oh, that’s sad.’
‘Because they will be different. Won’t Sebastian be sad that his sister is different from him?’
‘I don’t think so, they will learn from each other.’
‘I guess so.’
When we went to visit when Tallula was 3 weeks old, at the end of our weekend together, he said to us, ‘I’m glad Sebastian has a brain injury.’
‘Why?’ we asked, looking at each other incredulously.
He grabbed Sebastian into a huge hug and exclaimed, ‘Because he’s awesome. I love him just the way he is. I love that kid!’
I just about burst into tears through my big heart smile. We all looked at each other not sure how to react to such an outpouring of love. Unconditional love.