Annals of crazy customers

I think I'll go for two posts in a row inspired by my wife.  Kim always enjoys telling me tales of crazy customers to vent and get things off her chest.  I think today's story might be the best.  She got a phone message from a customer who was upset because the “Pirate tee” she ordered had a picture of a pirate ship on the front.  Apparently, her family does not dress their children in pirate-themed clothing.  Oddly enough, this did not stop her from ordering a clothing item clearly labeled “Pirate tee.”  And for the record, despite the name, the pirate ship could easily be mistaken for any large sailing vessel.  Her loss– Alex wears one of these all the time and it is a great shirt.


Waiting lists for Downs adoptions

Kim sent me a really interesting Washington Post article about the fact that there is actually a waiting list for people wanting to adopt babies with Downs Syndrome (this may be the first time Kim has sent me a Post article, rather than vice versa).  This is especially noteworthy as most pre-natal diagnoses of Downs end in abortion (though, it should be noted that many people choose not to have this in utero genetic test):

For many parents, a diagnosis of Down syndrome can be overwhelming as
they face the likelihood that the child will struggle to live
independently and will require intensive medical, financial and social
support. Most prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome lead to abortion.

Yet almost 200 families are on a waiting list to adopt a child with Down
syndrome in the United States. Others are seeking to adopt such
children overseas. Many of those interested in adoption, such as the
Curtises, have a child with the genetic condition; some are
special-education teachers or motivated by religious beliefs or

This month, President Bush
signed into law a bill meant to help families who confront questions
about Down syndrome or other disabilities. It promotes initiatives to
give new or expectant parents up-to-date information about the
conditions, as well as referrals to support services. It also
authorizes the government to help create a national registry to connect
birth parents with people who want to adopt a child with Down syndrome.

In 2005, Brian Skotko, a resident physician at Children's Hospital Boston,
surveyed more than 1,000 mothers of children with Down syndrome. He
found that information mothers got from doctors was often “incomplete,
inaccurate or offensive,” he said. “Rarely was the option of adoption
mentioned” to those diagnosed prenatally, he said.

 The article actually leads off with a story about a family who adopted additional Downs kids because they did not want their Downs child to get lonely:

Jonny and Madeleine, the eighth and ninth children in the Curtis
family, were born 54 weeks apart but grew up in many ways like twins.
Best friends from the beginning, they learned to walk and sound out
words together. But Madeleine's development soon outpaced her older

Looking ahead, Barbara and Tripp Curtis worried that Jonny, who has
Down syndrome, would be alone as his siblings grew up and left home.
And so they adopted Jesse, Daniel and, finally, Justin. All three have
Down syndrome.

Now the four brothers, ages 8 to 16, share a bedroom decorated with posters of SpongeBob SquarePants and a framed picture of Jesus in their sprawling Loudoun County house. They also share a love of the Beatles, the Everly Brothers and Special Olympics basketball.

I know that aspect of the article grabbed attention, as in our own family Evan's development has outpaced Alex's.  Safe to say that three kids of any variety is more than enough for the Greene family. 

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