“You know your child has Williams Syndrome when…” Do ya think there’s a pattern here? (bhahahaha)
When you’re out in public and a ton of people whom you do not even know say “Hi, (child’s name)!” Of course, concerned mom asks “Who was that?” and the reply is so casual: “Oh, Miss Mary from the library,” or “Bryce from swimming lessons,” or “I met her once at the one thing we did a long time ago”…
When your food has mold on it by the time you get to the other side of the grocery store because she has to talk to EVERYONE!
When your known as “Jared’s mom” and it takes 30 minutes to leave church because he talks to and hugs everyone and everywhere you go, people stop you and tell you how adorable your child is. (Love him!)
Hi my name is “Megan” I have Williams syndrome! (Holy Toledo!)
When he is able to identify a mower part that a neighbor couldn’t (while neighbor was repairing his mower) because he watches so many videos about mowers on Youtube……..
When he talks the same neighbor into letting him mow every week…..
When he knows how to prime and start up the neighbor’s weed whacker because of the many weed whacker videos he watches…..LOL
She never meets a stranger. And she always refers to the store as the commercial catch phrase. “let’s go to subway eat fresh!”
When your child bluntly ask the lady at the check out why do you have the ball on your face with hair sticking out of it??? (Hairy mole -I think) and keeps staring at it the whole time we are getting rung up!! Talk about embarrassing. I wanted to find the closest hole and crawl into it
When you wake up to the sound of church bells or police sirens coming from your computer. (I know this one too well and its not even about Jake!)
When (son) is the star of the dance when he takes over the dance floor with his Elvis and break dancing moves.
When your son runs to a man hugging him. The man has white hair and a white beard and your son is yelling I love you Kenny Rogers (OMG hashahahaha)
When your toddler says to every male stranger… “hi dad!”
When you get a “good morning mommy” from a teenager.
When you go to a school office for a younger sibling and they ask about (older son) even though it has been 5 years since he went there.
When she says hi to every white hair male by saying ” Hi Grandpa” (Yup)
When even on the worst day your child makes you smile.
When they say bye or goodnight to everything – human and inanimate objects
When at the store (that would be the times he isn’t only crying and cussing) you have to tell him repeatedly “remember, we only say I love you to family!”
When you’re called by your child’s case manager at the high school to ask for your ‘okay’ for them to hold a lottery for all the paras who want to volunteer their time to be with your child at after-school activities…..then asked if you want to sign her up for extra activities so they all can have a turn to ‘hang out’ with her!
When before going out in public you have to say (for the thousandth time) “okay remember we don’t hug strangers and no they can’t come to our house”
She says hi to and hugs our vacuum (only when turned off and is in the closet)… Otherwise she is not a fan of it!
Your 32 year old daughter helps you clean out the fridge, and you have her smell the leftovers to see if they are bad. Her acute sense of smell is so helpful!
When you buy Miralax in bulk
When the dentist gives him a timer to make sure he brushes for long enough, and he comes out of the bathroom proud as punch because he beat it!
He sings Elvis all day
How about: When you spend $12 on fancy, local, maple syrup, proceed to take a short walk, and return home to find the bottle has been completely consumed, quicker than a cheap can of soda (hahahaha he must have watch Elf, hahahaha)
When you child puts a lock on the family labtop that only a picture of her face will unlock and you and your husband STILL can’t get into the labtop unless you put her right in front! You then remember she’s only 4!
When your child is getting an IV put in while in the ER, is so scared but starts singing an Irish song because the nurse has an Irish name. And of course
makes friends with everyone in the ER!
When he can tell you by sound who makes a specific chain saw and what model it is.
When everyone that works at or for the school is in love with your child for the powerful hugs he/she gives all the time
When she knows all the worker at Walmart.
He obsessively stops up every toilet in the house by rolling the toilet paper off the roll till it’s gone
They kiss their ipod goodbye before going to sleep!!
When I see this smile every day… Nobody but WS sweethearts have a smile like this
Ok, today’s example…sitting in the dentist office while waiting for daddy to come out, he goes to the water fountain after being a little bundle of entertainment for everyone…oh NO! the water fountain is broke…and a random stranger offers him a whole unopened bottle of Dr. Pepper….then refuses to let me pay them for it and gives the money to (my son)….
Daughter is 2 and when my husband was with her the other day, she was refusing to eat and drink, and then she preceded to dump the milk (she was suppose to drink) all over her and him. He said he was starting to lose his patience. She smiled and blew him a kiss (as if she knew he was getting upset) and he said he couldn’t help but laugh.
When you ask the teacher to give you a small list with kids to invite for her bday party and she can’t narrow it down because she’s happens to be friends with the entire class!
When you move to a new area…and he knows everyone in the neighborhood by name before you even have your new address memorized.
When he starts bouncing up and then when he hears music, even if it’s just for ten seconds. And when he ALWAYS waves when he hears the words hi or goodbye (22 month old)
When your stood in the umpteenth lift (elevator)of the day and she can tell you who makes it and how many people it can hold (12 years old)
When he can tell you how many firestations are in the county, how many trucks are at each station, which color trucks are at each station, how high each ladder is, who has the most volunteers, who has which kind of siren (Federal Q2B etc) etc etc etc
When you cannot make it through a store without saying Hi ten million times to each and every person before leaving. And hearing hi back each time because not a single person can deny her adorable self
When your child says hi and bye to every single person you see in the grocery store making your grocery trip 20 minutes longer then usual.
When every department at the Children’s hospital knows you by name and offer to keep the extra child so you can nap while WS child has appt.
When he can tell by sound what big rig is behind you on the highway without even looking and when you look in the rear view mirror. He is right 100% of the time.
Everyone in the cardiology department looks forward to her visit, and some have “dibs” on taking care of your child with WS.
They draw straws at at the Cardiologist when (son) goes. (different parent than the line above)
When she walks into school and knows everyone’s name down to the custodians…I don’t I’ve heard any other kid call them by name!!
Can’t just “run into pet store” because she has to stop and pet every single dog that’s in there
Have to ask her what somebody’s name is because I can’t remember! !!!
You take them to a dance and all they care about is playing with the fog machine, lol. (son, 15)
When u have all the teachers from different grades tell me what a joy (daughter) is. She always puts a smile on their face when they are having a bad day.
When you leave a store, everybody at the checkout stands is looking at the ceiling because your son told them one of their fluorescent tubes or high-pressure sodium bulbs was burned out (Oh, and there is one flickering on aisle 5). (Can you guess who this is? Were you paying attention to the dedications? hahahaha)
When the gym teacher asks your child what song to put on for warm up..she usually chooses Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, or Pink. Then he tells me he just loves listening to her sing “so what” by Pink or dance like Michael in “Thriller” or “Beat it”
Our Pharmacist was asking (son) about Halloween trying to get him to mention “frickenstein” … when he proceeded to ask her if she has seen the movie with the 3 w(with his speech sounds like a b) itches… she died laughing.. threw her hands up in the air and said she was done!! sooo comical (hahaha were you paying attention to previous posts? Do you remember who this guy is?)
They take their first steps to go greet random strangers in the therapy lobby…
You have a TON of sticks and branches in your yard nicely stacked because your son collects fallen wood from around the neighborhood after each storm. The neighbors all come back to get it for their fireplaces in the fall.
Thanks to all the parents who responded on fb to the question…These are the responses in 12 hours, all but 2 are from different parents.