Can you tell us more about the squads kids? I love Collin omg
- Rachel Theodora - They didn’t change the first names of the kids the adopted, but they did add in the middle names. Rachel was the first they brought home, and Alex spent the first night with her in his arms while he sat on the rocking chair. Her academic strength lies in math, and she is extremely sporty. None of her parents were ever that athletic, but they support her to the point where it’s embarassing - showing up to every game and brining snacks and waving signs and screaming at refs. She doesn’t really like wearing skirts, and likes to stick to neutral - which means she always has to shop with John because Maria and Lizzie try their best but naturally gravitate towards more feminine clothing for themselves - and well, Alex doesn’t know what the word neutral means.
- Philip Thomas - Alex is the one who thought to name him after Tommy, and everyone agreed that it was a good idea - and there was something in Philip’s eyes that seemed to match the name. Lizzie has a complicated relationship with Philip. She loves him dearly for who he is now, but there is a part of her that is aching for him to be her Philip 2.0 from before. Occasionally she’ll find herself slipping and mentally placing expectations on him. She hasn’t told anyone, but she thinks the others know. Philip knows that all of his parents love him, but he always feels that his Mama stares at him through an odd kind of lens.
- Esperanza Margaret - Philip and Rachel were both adopted before they were 2, but Espie was adopted at age 9. She was a difficult child. She missed her parents, and was having trouble accepting the fact that these four strangers were trying to take their place. Espie is very tall, with an athletic build. She’s taller than Alex, Lizzie, and John by the time she’s out of middle school. It makes her feel awkward and out of place. She dances - ballet - the feeling of being out of place based on your body type is worse there, but she truly feels free and at peace while dancing.
- Hercules Gilbert - Alex and Maria’s son, biologically speaking. They had been thinking about adopting more kids, so the timing was perfect. He has Maria’s eyes and lips and Alex’s hair and nose. He’s a very adventurous toddler who has a tendency to get himself into places and things he’s not supposed to. Maria chose to name him Hercules, and then Gilbert just seemed to make sense. Herc 2.0 always makes sure to introduce himself as Hercules Gilbert with the proper french accent - he is quite a pretentious toddler.
- Madison Elliot - They had made the pact long ago that if one of the girls were to become pregnant, the other would try to as well. They had always wanted five kids, so it was pretty great. Maddie is John and Lizzie’s. She has John’s hair and ears, and Lizzie’s eyes and mouth. They don’t really know where her nose came from - but it suits her. She is quieter, but passionate. She’ll wait to be spoken to, but once you get her talking, she can go on forever. Two entire walls of her bedroom are dedicated to books by age fourteen.
- Steven - Steven is the shyest of him and his brothers. Being one of an identical set means he goes out of his way to look different. He is very wary of Laf and George at first, especially when he figures out he was president. Sure, George is his dad now, but it’s weird to comprehend that the man who he watched give speeches on tv is the same one who wakes him up for school. He loves Laf, don’t get him wrong, but he feels an extra special connection to George after he caught Steven freaking out a week or two after being adopted and simply made him a cup of hot cocoa, gave him a blanket, and sat next to him in silence while watching animal planet. Steven woke up the next morning drooling onto George’s shoulder. He was embarassed, but George had simply smiled and made him pancakes.
- Erik - Erik is artsy, and he stammers. He used to hate it when he was little because it meant that people were able to pick him out pretty quickly from his brothers. As they grow older, that’s no longer the case because they all look very different. Something that Laf and George always encourage them to do is step outside their comfort zone - so Erik signs up for a speech class. He loves it - but he hates his stammer. Erik is usually a straight-A student, so of course Laf and George question him when he keeps getting lower grades in the class. They have him talk with his Uncle Tommy - because did you know that Thomas Jefferson has a speech impediment? Tommy tells Erik about how it was really difficult debating, because the more passionate he got about a subject, the more his impediment came through. Erik doesn’t believe him at first, because sure he knows his Uncle Tommy is his Uncle Tommy, but he still han’t quite reconciled the fact that him and Thomas Jefferson are the same person - and has difficulty taking Jefferson off the pedestal in this head. The next quarter Erik aces the class. Turns out it wasn’t his stammer that was the problem, but rather that he spoke too quietly and didn’t seem to believe what he was saying. He goes on to a speech competition, and his entire family attends. He grows to be a motivational speaker.
- Adam - Adam always shared a special bond with Laf. Adam always liked playing with makeup, and where Adam’s parents wouldn’t let him near it, Laf encourages it. They give Adam the samples that aren’t the right color for them but perfect for Adam, and they show Adam how to apply everything perfectly. Adam perfected the cat-eye at age 16. Laf is the first person Adam comes out to as trans, with the chosen name of Adrienne. She’s 17 when that happens, and Laf simply hugs Adrienne close, and then took her shopping. When they came home, Adrienne was wearing a full face of glam, and a pretty purple sundress, with matching sandles. George simply blinked before asking Adrienne about her preferred pronouns. Adrienne had never felt more loved than in that moment.
- Erin - She reminds the both of them too much of Theodosia 2.0 for comfort at times. They tell themselves it’s because they’re the same people, and siblings often share similarities - so it’s simply them looking too much into things because Erin is a combination of their personalities, so of course things are going to be similar. Erin is the perfect mix of the two. She has Dori’s passion and willingness to defend her beliefs, but she has Aaron’s ability to wait it out until she thinks the time is right. She’s incredibly gifted, academically. She cries when Aaron is elected president, because she knows it means her life is about to change in many, many ways.
- Collin - He has never known anyone else than Tommy and Herc as his parents, and he loves them to pieces. He’s super proud of his family, because he thinks they’re really great. He gets along with his cousins, and all his aunts and uncles are incredible. One day, when he was about five, he got really upset because he doesn’t look like his parents, or really anyone in the family - the closest is his Uncle Philip. Tommy and Herc quickly reminded him that looks don’t matter, because they love him no matter what he looks like.
- Margot - Her and Collin’s parents were extremely conservative. Margot remembered just enough of them when Tommy and Herc adopted her to know that they wouldn’t have approved of her new parents. She was incredibly resistant at first, but soon realized that their orientation, color of their skin, and the fact that they didn’t go to church once a week didn’t mean they weren’t good people. Herc and Tommy realized that Margot was missing her old friends from her Bible camps and the familiarity and schedule going to a church brought, so they found a more accepting one nearby, and signed Margot up for bible school. That was the first time she hugged them. As she grows older, her faith continues to be extremely important to her, but she also knows that it is important to be accepting to everyone. After all, the church her parents went to said half of her family shouldn’t exist and that they should all go to hell immediately, but she knows that they’re all lovely people. It’s an important self-discovery for her. She grows to fight for more acceptance from the church, because she believes that faith should be open to all. Practice what you preach.