Around the breakfast table this morning, Jamie was questioning us about the day's activities (it is very important for him to know the itinerary of each day). He asked, "Do I have school? Do we have swim class? Does Clare have physical therapy?" As I answered "no" to each question, I explained that today was the weekend and a day to play at home all day long. Then Jamie asked, "Does Clare have Williams syndrome today?" I was floored and taken aback by the unexpected question.
We have briefly explained to Jamie in the past that Clare has something called Williams syndrome. One time, he overheard us discussing it and asked what that was. But I have no idea how much sinks in. Jamie is a very intelligent almost 5-year old, but you never know what they really pay attention to. So I explained to him that Clare will always have Williams syndrome. I told him that was the name for why Clare has her heart boo-boos, took a long time learning how to walk, has help from Jen and Kelly (her therapists) to teach her how to do things. Jamie grasped this simple explanation and added, "And why Clare doesn't like to eat anything!"
It was an eye-opener to hear Jamie ask about Williams syndrome. I know that he will know all about it someday. It will always be as much a part of his life as it with Clare's and our entire family's. I was just surprised it would happen so soon.