Me: “No one really knows for sure why anyone has autism. Doctors and scientists are still learning about what causes it. We all hope to learn how and why anyone has autism soon.”
Tiki: “Will Richie ever learn to talk?
Me: “There’s no reason for us to believe he can’t learn to talk. Richie learns to say new words all the time. We can all help him learn by reminding him of how and when to say some words.”
Tiki: “I’m going to help Richie learn to talk, Christina. I can help Richie learn to do a lot of things.”
Me: “Richie is very lucky to have a brother like you.”
Tiki: “I know Richie is older and bigger than me, but I think I am his big brother. I’m going to take care of him.”
Me: “The world could use more people like you, Tiki.”
“Who is that – what’s wrong with him?”
Without missing a beat, Tiki replied, “That’s my awesome brother, and there’s NOTHING wrong with him.”
I was so moved, that it goes without saying both my boys had ice-cream and chocolate bars that night!
These are truly just small examples of the hundreds of things Samantha and Tiki do to illustrate their love and care for Richie. It would take forever and a day for me to capture every kiss, hug, and act of kindness by Samantha and Tiki in this post. As well as the hundreds of times either of them said, “It’s okay, he didn’t pinch me that hard.” Witnessing their love for Richie is a privilege that well exceeds my expectations for simple kindness and understanding.
The greatest gift of all is that there are no disparities in treatment, no one would never know these three leaves didn't grow off of the same vine.
Whether bound by love or marriage, these magnanimous children have learned how to love selflessly, benevolently, and unquestionably, and it has made all the difference.
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