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똖 Best Ὃ Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (English Edition) to read ѷ ePUB Author Andrew Solomon ऑ 똖 Best Ὃ Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (English Edition) to read ѷ ePUB Author Andrew Solomon ऑ IIIDwarfsUntil I attended my first dwarf conventionthe 2003 Little People of America LPA meeting in Danvers, MassachusettsI had no clue how many kinds of dwarfism there are, nor how many varieties of appearance are collected under the category Dwarfism is a low incidence condition, usually occurring because of a random genetic mutation Since most dwarfs are born to average height parents, they do not have vertical community There has been occasional talk about building a town for little people LPs there are metropolises where activist LPs have settled there are high concentrations of otherwise rare dwarfing conditions among the Amish but there has never been a significant geographic concentration of people of short stature This means that the national LPA gatherings are not simply occasions to attend lectures and consult medical experts for some participants, they are the annual exception to a certain kind of loneliness The gatherings are emotionally intense one dwarf I met told me she was happy for one week a year, although others emphasized that they love both of their livesthe one in the larger world, and the one among their LPA friends More than 10 percent of Americans of short stature belong to LPA, and the organization has a role in the LP community that is greater than that of similar groups for comparable populations.Arriving at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, where the convention was taking place, I was struck by how the concentration of LPs changed my perception of them Instead of seeing, primarily, short stature, I saw that one was exceptionally beautiful, that one was unusually short even for a dwarf, that one laughed uproariously and often, that one had an especially intelligent faceand so I began to recognize how generically I had responded to little people until then I understood what a relief it had to be for them that no one was focused on their height Of course, the LPA convention was all about stature, but it was also the place where stature became blessedly irrelevant.It would be difficult for an outsider to acknowledge this particularizing view of, for example, Latinos or Muslims To say that a persons ethnicity or religion had overwhelmed, even temporarily, ones ability to appreciate his other personal characteristics would seem bigoted But dwarfism has been the exception to these social rules According to Betty Adelson, author of The Lives of Dwarfs and Dwarfism, The only permissible prejudice in PC America is against dwarfs Mary DAlton, chair of Columbia Universitys Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a leader in the field of high risk pregnancy, told me that dwarfism is the most difficult diagnosis to communicate to expectant parents You say that the baby has a hole in his heart, she said, and they say, But you can fix that, right But when I tell someone that they will be having a dwarf, they often seem disgusted by the idea.Many of the attendees I met my first day at LPA could identify instantly conditions that I had never heard of or imagined and had certainly never seen When I went down to the conference disco the first night, I saw a brother and sister who had primordial dwarfism they were full grown, perfectly proportioned, and only about twenty nine inches high Their parents stood with them to make sure they werent trampleda danger even at the dwarf convention I learned that the girl played percussion in her high school band she had a classmate who pushed her tiny wheelchair, and she held the drum in her laplooking, in the words of a dwarf who was herself just three foot eight, like a marionette The conference featured athletic competitions a marathon length talent show, including acts from Christian music to break dancing and a fashion show, which revealed a broad range of dressy and casual styles, all tailored to little bodies The conference also provided an eagerly awaited opportunity for dating A dwarf comedian cracked, You know youre a teenager at LPA if youve had boyfriends this week than youve had in the last year When I met Mary Boggs on my second day at LPA, she told me that the organization had changed her life When her daughter Sam was born in 1988, the obstetrician initially assumed that the babys diminutive size was a result of her premature arrival A month later, while she was still in the neonatal intensive care unit, he diagnosed her with achondroplasia We would have rather had a child that was deaf or blind, Mary told me Just anything besides a dwarf would have been better When youre thinking about what could go wrong with a pregnancy, this doesnt cross your mind We were thinking, Why did we have another child at all Sam came home to her parents house in the suburbs of Washington, DC, on oxygen and a monitor After six months, when Sam was declared physically healthy, Mary took her to her first local LPA meeting When Sam was a year and a half old, she had a shunt inserted in her head to relieve her hydrocephalus the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the head fortunately, she did not have the skeletal problems that in later life afflict so many people with achondroplasia Mary and her husband got step stools and put them all over the house they purchased light switch extenders they moved the faucet on the kitchen sink These adjustments at home were easier to control than the challenges outside Weve had people chase us down the grocery aisle to ask questions, Mary said We learned to stare back It frightens them off Id watch Sam not playing with the other kids because shes too small to do what they do You just feel sad.Before Sam set off for kindergarten, her parents told her that other kids would call her names they reviewed what some of those names might be and taught her appropriate responses Mary went to the school and explained Sams special needs, giving the teacher a book about dwarfs that she could read aloud to the class The school lowered the sink and water fountain and installed a grab bar so Sam could pull herself up on the toilet The kids in her class learned her story, but each year it was new to an incoming kindergarten class, and some would call her names So Sam decided to make a presentation to each incoming class She would explain, Im little, but Im eight years old Im in third grade Im a dwarf, and Im just like you all, but just short She did that every year through elementary school, and the teasing stopped.When Sam was five, the Boggs family attended their first national LPA convention We walked in and saw a thousand dwarfs, Mary said Sam was in shock I thought my other daughter, who is average height, was going to cry It took two or three days for us to take it in Over the years that followed, the Boggs family persuaded extended family and friends to come to meetings, so that they would know dwarfs other than Sam The grandparents could see adult dwarfs and realize, Okay, this is what Sams going to look like, Mary said She considered for a minute We went for Sam, but also so we could be comfortable with her To make it easier for us to love her right.Middle school was difficult than elementary school People who had been friends for years were suddenly not wanting to hang out with her any, Mary said She was not called to go roller skating or go to the movies on Friday night They pretended that it wasnt because she was a dwarf But she knew The athletics department gave her a varsity letter for being manager of the track team she participated in student council and was elected treasurer of her class Despite this, she was down to a couple of friends Shes a little lonely, Mary said Shed have crushes on the boys at school, but eventually realized that average size guys were not interested in going out with her It was a big turning point when she started looking at the hot guys at LPA.When I met Sam, she was in the throes of her first romance She was fifteen going on sixteen, attractive and strikingly mature, and, at three feet nine inches, fairly short for a teenager with achondroplasia Mary was optimistic about the future I would prefer for her to have an LP boyfriend or LP husband, she said to me I think itll be easier for her Its kind of neat I mean, you have a dwarf child But it doesnt just stop there it goes on forever Were going to have, probably, a dwarf son in law, and dwarf grandchildren What used to be an average size family then becomes, when were gone, a dwarf family And to think, if Id known about this early in my pregnancy, I might have terminated Writing in 1754, William Hay, a dwarf and the first notable memoirist of disability, described visiting a general I never was humbled, than when I walked with him among his tall Men, made still taller by their Caps I seemed to my self a Worm and no Man and could not but inwardly grieve, that when I had the same Inclination to the Service of my Country and Prince, I wanted their Strength to perform it This feeling of inadequacy salted with the wish to transcend it has been a common narrative among dwarfs, but in the long pause between Hays dignified early account and the modern literature on the experience of being an LP, a grossness of prejudice has often quelled that dignity.Woody Allen once quipped that dwarf is one of the four funniest words in the English language To be in your very essence perceived as comical is a significant burden When I described the other categories included in this book, my listeners were hushed by the seriousness of the enterprise at the mention of dwarfs, friends burst into laughter I would describe, for example, the time during a convention when a miscreant dwarf had made a bomb threat at 8 00 a.m., so that all hotel guests, most recovering from a night of intense partying, had to evacuate the building People found hilarity in the mere idea of some five hundred sleepy dwarfs, many of them hungover, standing in the hotels forecourt This had some resonance for me I know that not so long ago, people might have found the idea of five hundred sleepy homosexuals similarly hilarious But homosexuality can be hidden, and being among gay people is not a visual gag Passersby who might avert their eyes tactfully from wheelchair users stare at dwarfs A sighted woman who marries a blind man inspires admiration an average size woman who marries a dwarf inspires suspicion that she has a fetish Dwarfs still appear in freak shows in dwarf tossing competitions and in pornography, where a whole subgenre featuring dwarf sex exploits an objectifying voyeurism This is testimony to a callousness beyond that shown to almost any other disabled group Barbara Spiegel, now director of community outreach at LPA, described how her grandmother said, Youre a beautiful girl, but no ones going to marry you You need to be able to do everything because youre going to be alone Barbaras stepmother complained about having to be seen on the street with her.More than 80 percent of people with skeletal dysplasiasthe primary dwarfing conditions, the most common among which is achondroplasia, resulting in shortened limbs, a large head, and an average trunkare born to average parents with no history of dwarfism in their families, either because of de novo mutations or because both parents carry a recessive gene Other forms of dwarfism include pituitary dwarfism, based on lack of human growth hormone, and psychosocial dwarfism, caused by severe physical abuse.Parents are still dealing with a legacy of blame assigned to mothers From medieval times into the eighteenth century, monstrous births were said to indicate the unfulfilled desires of lascivious women, whose obscene longings supposedly produced deformity This theory, called Imaginationism, was hotly debated for hundreds of years The Princeton historian Marie Hlne Huet describes how in the nineteenth century, discoveries in the fields of embryology and heredity provided scientists with new ways of explaining resemblances But if the mothers imagination was no longer perceived by the medical field to be a factor in resemblances, its role as the shaper of progeny was never totally forgotten John Mulliken, a pediatric surgeon, writes that every parent wants to know what he or she did to cause the situation In most cases, the answer is nothing But every mother is blamed.Dwarfism is also often outside the experience of doctors with whom these parents initially interact, and parents frequently recall being told of the condition with particular insensitivity Adelson recounts one doctors pronouncement to the parents of a newly diagnosed childYou have given birth to a circus dwarfand anothers equally heartless recommendation that a child he had diagnosed should be institutionalized or sent to live with a dwarf troupe in Florida One mother reported that most doctors acted as though her daughter were defective and therefore didnt deserve to be treated like a real baby Another described being in the delivery room with her dwarf husband when the doctor said to them both, I regret to tell you that your child is a dwarf.Such behavior from a doctor is not merely a breach of etiquette the way the news of a dwarfing condition is communicated to parents may have a lasting effect on their ability to love and care for their child Mothers and fathers are helped by knowing right away that the child will have a full life span, that they did not cause the dwarfism through acts during pregnancy, and that their child can lead a happy, healthy, and independent life Parents, in turn, influence friends and family embarrassed parents create awkward friends In addition to LPA, organizations such as the MAGIC Foundation and the Human Growth Foundation have fact filled websites and sponsor both online chat rooms and local support groups, providing average size parents of dwarf children opportunities to meet dwarfs who are living positive, fulfilling lives.Nonetheless, many parents begin in sadness, denial, and shock One dwarf, Ginny Sargent, wrote online, No matter what we as dwarfs feel about how great it is to be alive, I still cant help but wonder how much pain than I my mother was in when I was in discomfort upset, hurt, or disheartened and beaten down by my uniqueness.Matt Roloff, former president of LPA and father on the popular television program Little People, Big World, said, My parents didnt wonder what I would like to do, what kind of woman Id marry, or how many children I would have They wondered what I could do for a living, if I could ever marry, and if I could have children He is now married to Amy, also a dwarf, and they have four children Little People, Big World, which ran for almost four years on the Learning Channel, documented the Roloffs lives on their farm in Portland, Oregon The show is somewhat voyeuristic but fairly clear of sensationalism, and it has helped to normalize perceptions of LPs.Amy Roloff grew up in a household in which few accommodations were made for her Friends who came to visit wondered why the phone was positioned where she needed to climb on a stool to reach it My mom said, If Amy has to learn to adapt outside of the home, she might as well feel comfortable and learn to adapt within the home Nothing was really tailored to my needs, and that was a good idea, cause Im independent The Roloffs have two average height sons and one, Zach, with achondroplasia Amy didnt want to set up a house that suited the LPs in the family and felt foreign to the average kids, so she kept things regular She encouraged Zach to be both proud of and nonchalant about his dwarfism He said one day, Mom, we were playing and the kids were a little too rough I said, Zach, why dont you be a little grateful that perhaps, this was a moment where they dont even think of you as a little person theyre just hanging out and goofing around with you Thats a good thing.This equalizing spirit is extended to all of her children Jeremy is the eldest and the tallest I have to remind Matt that we cant take advantage of Jeremy because hes tall I dont want him to think that hes only good in the family cause hes tall But even the New York Times, commenting on her children as they appear on TV, described Jeremy as a gorgeous young athlete who manages the soccer ball with lazy grace, and his brother Zachary as having a clever and intense persona Theres nothing wrong with a clever and intense persona, but its interesting what different vocabulary comes up when the writer is describing, with kind intent, someone with a body that is not beautiful within the conventions of our larger society.The tales Solomon returns with, of profound disability and extreme differences overcome, make it a bible of empathy and inclusion Cressida Connolly Spectator Andrew Solomons Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent especially when children are out of the ordinary Tim Adams Observer Life affirming, thought provoking and highly readable, the book was compiled over 10 years of interviews and I found it deeply moving Kate Kellaway Observer Many accounts are desperately moving, but Solomon goes far beyond cheap pity The book is an exquisite written study of parental love as well as a how to manual for receptivity Kerry Hudson Herald A magnificent study of disability and identity differences Susannah Meadows New York Times This wise book is a careful and surprising study of difference between parent and child and how it shapes our lives Stephen Grosz Sunday Telegraph For anyone struggling with decisions over parenting, its an affirming reminder that there is no such thing as normal Femke Colborne Big Issue in the North Parents especially mothers are the heroes of this book, many of them describing with extraordinary absence 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    • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (English Edition)
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    • 976 pages
    • Andrew Solomon
    • Anglais
    • 10 December 2016

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