The other day I heard my kids playing upstairs when my son suddenly said to his sister, "Where did you get that from? Did somebody say that to you??"
He came down to report that Avery had called him "Dumbo Ears."
She didn't know what it meant and was obviously only repeating what she had heard. She told us somebody said it to her at school. She couldn't name who.
Avery's ears do stick out and it's not the first time she's been teased about it. The thing is, she has no idea. In the face of a bully, her response is always a smile or perhaps a giggle.
"Why would somebody say that to her?" my son asked. "She's such a nice girl!"
"Yes, she is a nice girl." I explained that kids sometimes say thoughtless things. It doesn't bother her.
"But one day it will!" he said.
"Probably. But we'll teach her how to handle it. She'll be ready."
He seemed satisfied with that but added, "I'm still mad. People are so rude. And if I find out who said it...."
Oh my sweet boy. My fiercely protective streak is only surpassed by his big brother lion heart.