LOONEY BIN


I REMEMBER TALKING TO A CLASSMATE ABOUT HER FAMILY AND SHE SAID HER FATHER WAS A DOCTOR AND MOTHER A HOMEMAKER (REMEMBER THEM?). SHE HAD A YOUNGER BROTHER AND AN OLDER BROTHER SHE HAD NEVER SEEN! BUT THAT’S WHAT THEY DID IN THE FIFTIES! NOT GOOD.

FAST FORWARD TO THE BIRTH OF MY LAST CHILD. MY WIFE GIVEN HER AGE HAD AN AMNIO. JUST AFTER HER BIRTH THE NURSE TOLD US THAT THEY HAD JUST DELIVERED A HEALTHY BABY BOY BUT HAD BEEN EXPECTING TO DELIVER A BABY GIRL WTH DOWNS! NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS SHOCKED AND ASKED THE NURSE HOW THEY COULD HAVE BEEN SO WRONG. SHE SAID THAT THEY WERE WAITING FOR A WOMAN TO COME IN EXPECTING TO GIVE BIRTH TO A BABY BOY BUT WAS GOING TO HAVE A GIRL WITH DOWNS INSTEAD. MANY YEARS LATER I REALIZED THEY THOUGHT THE WOMAN MIGHT HAVE BEEN MY WIFE!

BUT OUR PARTICULAR BABY WOULD GO ON TO GET HER PHD FROM AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL…

AND THAT IS ALL I’M GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT!

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