By Jim Berlin
“It was hard,” Jean said. “The kids have been complaining that they just don’t seem to fit in with their peers.”
“How so?” I asked.
“For openers, they don’t do drugs or binge-drink. And they’re not LGBT…lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”
“A lot of kids aren’t,” I said.
“There’s more,” Joe offered. “They don’t have ADD – attention deficit disorder – or even attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity – ADDH. They’re pretty much acronym-free.”
“What about a messy divorce over highly-personal sexual issues?” I said. “Anything the children can obsess over?”
“No, we’re a happily married man and woman with standard-issue genitalia,” Joe said. “Hell, we’re not even Latino, Black or Native American, so there’s no clubs for them to join at school.”
“So how did you break it to them?” I asked.
“We just told them flat out: You’re part of an
abnormal American family and you’ll just have to live with it.”
“How did they take it?”
Joe and Jean brightened. “Not well at all,” they said. “With a little luck, there could be therapy in their futures.”