My brother, Jared, has Down Syndrome.
I love him so much so seeing J bond with him is important to me.
After Jared left from his most recent trip I was driving J to school and he asked me:
"Mommy--Uncle JiJay is different. He's a grown up but he's like a kid, right?"
Yes sweetie, I responded.
"Mommy...Uncle, Jijay is a grown up, but he'll never drive a car, right?"
Yes sweetie, I responded."
"Mommy....I miss Uncle Jijay. He's special. I love him with all my heart."
I looked in my rearview mirror and said to him, "I love him with all my heart too."
J popped his thumb back into his mouth and stared out the window. I stared at J long and hard. I wanted to jump over the carseat and squeeze him with love.
(Don't worry Mom. I was at a stop sign and yes I pay attention to the road when I drive.)
Here is a peek of their relationship....before bedtime.