"She said I'm weird." Lucy said. "And she said I'm gross."
Tad and I immediately jumped to her aid and defense.
"You're not gross!"
Tad got up and hugged her.
"But you are weird."
Lucy started to protest.
"That just means you're not like everybody else." Tad said. "You're weird. I'm weird. Your brother's weird!"
"Yeah!" Coen chimed in. "Me and my friends are like some of the weirdest kids in the school! At least that's what we're trying to be."
"Tell me about it." Tad said.
Lucy still looked a little unsure.
"Your mommy's the weirdest woman I ever met!" Tad went on. "Kids in high school used to tell me that I was weird when I was just walking around the halls, doing nothing!"
"Lucy" I said, taking her little hand, "It's wonderful to be weird. You're wonderful and weird. And we love you."
Tad picked her up and tipped her upside-down. "You're a wonderful, weird girl!"
Lucy started to laugh.
"We're all weird."