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August 4, 2008
When my grandparents tried to adopt another child a few years later, they were told they were too old. They were in their early 40s at the time, an age when many people now have their first children. So Mom was an only child, in a time when that was unusual. She saved up her allowance and went to the maternity ward of the hospital, where the newborns were displayed in a big window . She asked one of the nurses if she could buy a brother or sister. They had so many, they wouldn’t miss just one, she thought.