I was hanging out with my family today in a public park. While walking to take my nephew to the swing set, we saw an asian person with Down's Syndrome. I said,
"Well, that's not something you see very often."
My sister said, "What?"
"A person of color with Down's Syndrome. Generally isn't it white people who develop it?"
Then I thought about it some more and said, "Do you know what you see even less? A black person with Down's. In fact, I don't believe I've ever seen that."
I then turned to my sister and her boyfriend, and I said, "Why is that?"
My sister slurped some caffeine-free diet coke and said, "I don't know."
I said, "But is it, like, because it's a chromosomal thing? Like only white people get it? You guys should know this shit, you teach Special Ed."
And my sister looked at me and she said,
"Look, Kris. Just because we teach Special Ed doesn't mean we know the intricacies of medical science.
What we do know is what to do if a kid calls us a 'cunt'".
So I spent the rest of the day feeling really itchy with curiosity, because nobody seemed to be able to answer my question. It's not a huge deal, but sometimes I wish I just had someone in my family who was smart.
Just kidding, guys! Oh, and you'll still watch Lil for me next week, right? Cool.
Later on we were driving home, and since I was in the passenger seat (I can't sit in the back, see, because I get carsick. Blegh), I spotted a stupid SUV in front of us with a sticker on the window of two stick figure kids, and the words, "Got Twins?"
Which has got to be the most inane thing I've ever seen. Got Twins? Like, if not, you should? Is that an endorsement for fertility drugs? Just what is the purpose of a sticker like that?
So I piped up with, "Well, I'll tell you what you do have if you've got twins. Twice as much money if you decide to sell your child on the black market."
I then started to laugh heartily at my own clever joke.
But nobody else laughed.
So, today really wasn't a great day for me overall.
6 days ago