Yesterday Wil struggled to get ready for school. With my new job, Katherine and Elizabeth get Wil ready for school four mornings a week. When I coached early mornings, the twins got him ready for school two mornings a week so it’s not a new experience.

With this increased time that I’m gone in the mornings, I hug Wil goodbye while he’s still in bed and make his breakfast. Though Wil can make his own breakfast, my making it gives him forward momentum to know Mom made it and it’s waiting for him. So far so good until yesterday.

I did let him stay up later than usual the previous night as Luke Bryan was hosting the CMA awards (as you know by now, Wil adores Luke Bryan), and Wil loves most country music, so that likely played a part.

Anyway, Wil wouldn’t get out of bed. The twins know all the tricks but nothing worked. Elizabeth remembered one time I left him home when he had this behavior. I drove Katherine and Elizabeth to school so they wouldn’t be late, then returned to find Wil had eaten and gotten dressed in the time I was gone. He didn’t pull that stunt again until now.

So Elizabeth, fortunately having an online class her first hour, drove Katherine and their friend Kimmy to school, then returned for Wil. Sure enough, he had gotten dressed, eaten breakfast and was ready to go.

When I arrived home from work Wil said to me, “Elizabeth left me!” (That’s a milestone in communicative expression for Wil, and I love how it has teenage drama in it).

“Why did she leave you?” I asked.

“Hmpf.” He shrugged his shoulders.

“I think you know why. Tonight we’ll go to bed early so you aren’t as tired. And be good for your sisters.”

“Ok mom!”

I’m impressed with Wil’s expression, and impressed with Katherine and Elizabeth. They have no idea how much they navigate as a natural part of their day, and yet they do it so naturally ❤️


Published by Christie Taylor

Christie Taylor is the creator of the website,, and author of "Stories of Wil: Puberty Part 1" ( Christie believes that if we all had the opportunity to spend a day with our loved ones with Down syndrome, many of the stereotypes and stigmas would dissipate. Christie invites you, through her stories, to spend a day with Wil. The more the merrier!

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