My little brother is incredibly special. He is sensitive, enthusiastic, and downright adorable. Sure he has his mood swings and we quibble, but that only makes him a believable little brother. My little brother also happens to have Williams Syndrome.
This is a fairly rare, hereditary disability which affects mental, social, and physical characteristics in some very distinct ways. (If you’re interested, check out the Williams Syndrome Association’s website here.) But please, do not feel sorry for my brother. He is a very happy dude and I would not wish him to be different.
Anywho, my little bro just started high school this year (ca-razy!) and is in the special ed program at a local high school. A couple of days ago, I joined his class for their weekly day of Community-Based Instruction (CBI). Much to my brothers’ delight, this week’s excursion into the big wide world was at the fire station. Though 16 years (and 8 months) old, he still has all the enthusiasm of a 4 year-old boy when it comes to fire trucks and sirens. It was precious to see my little man in his peer group having a “Grrrrrreat!” day.
Many thanks to the TFH firemen of Station 2, who were incredible with the kids–answering all their questions, calming any nerves, and keeping them engaged–and to the teachers of CHS who faithfully serve these precious people every day.
~a beloved nobody