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one of the strangest things anyone ever said to me

VaBluebirdVaBluebird 3551 replies249 threads Senior Member
I once met a woman who looked remarkably like my sister in law and I said so to her.
She replied "Well, I hope you know her well enough to know I'm not her". And was serious.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3346 replies47 threads Senior Member
    The day I moved into my dorm freshman year, a guy in line at the snack counter in the building tapped me on the shoulder and excitedly exclaimed, “You look exactly like my girlfriend back home! Here- look!” He then took out his wallet and showed me her picture. It’s amazing what people think “exactly like” means. We did both have blue eyes and dark hair.
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2548 replies61 threads Senior Member
    oregon101 wrote: »
    While holding our Korean adopted son in various stores I would be approached and asked, "How much did he cost?".
    I was always gracious as I knew that they meant the adoption fees but.....seriously?
    "I always wanted one of those."
    "Where did you get her?"
    "No, where is she *really* from?"

    My kid is biracial, not adopted. I never managed to be as ungracious as I should have been.
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  • sevmomsevmom 8911 replies64 threads Senior Member
    Many years ago, I was standing in line at McDonald's , holding my very blonde, blue eyed one year old son. The woman in line behind me asked in all seriousness, "Is he an albino?". Her friend was mortified!
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10381 replies122 threads Senior Member
    The perfect comeback @eyemamom! I hate how judgmental so many people are in this country!
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  • bgbg4usbgbg4us 1618 replies46 threads Senior Member
    I was in a glamorous/hip bar years ago; and 40 weeks pregnant and out of place. Some lady bumped into me, and looked at me, and said "Oh. well Good for you" ---- I always wondered what she meant by that.
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  • rockymtnhigh2rockymtnhigh2 474 replies6 threads Member
    ^ maybe just congratulating you
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  • inthegardeninthegarden 1788 replies31 threads Senior Member
    I've actually gotten far fewer comments or stares over the years about my daughter adopted from China than I thought I would, but a few were dillies.

    When asked "What did she cost" or "What'd ya pay for her" I replied, Oh, about the same cost as a hospital delivery, except that insurance doesn't pay for it. if I was feeling feisty or the person obnoxious I might add: BTW, you don't buy a baby, you pay for the work of a gazillion people who help the process, along, down to the fingerprinter, the social worker, the person who fed and cared for her for months" ( Said with as polite a smile as I could muster.)

    Once I bumped into a former co-worker just a day or so after I received my new daughter's photo and personal info. For an adoptive parent this is kind of like getting a positive pregnancy test and sonogram rolled into one after months of fetility treatment. It was a mistake to show her the photo because her reaction?... "It's such a shame you didn't adopt an American child. There are so many in foster care!" So, I asked her how many children she had adopted from foster care. her respone "Oh, I have my OWN children! (Well, ok, your reproductive choice is OK but mine isn't?) To this day I want to give that woman a piece of my mind.

    When baby was in my arms one day, a neighbor down the street stopped to chat as we strolled by her yard. She said, "actually, we almost adopted a little boy. We had his information and everything." When I asked what happened she said, "oh, in the end we didn't HAVE to. I got pregnant with my OWN." What I never said to this woman (but the truth is): Actually, adoption was ALWAYS my first choice, the way I always felt called to have a child. And then I didn't marry or feel ready to have a child until I was 42, so adoption was also the logical answer. But once we submitted the paperwork I was TERRIFIED of getting pregnant because my heart knew that MY daughter was in China. And the baby in my arms is no substitute.
    But if you assumed I had suffered infertility or miscarriages, your little comment would have been a pretty cruel thing to say even if you didn't mean it to be. But of course I didn't say it. I smile an nod but never stop.

    Another woman downtown called out "Where's she from?" when daughter was a toddler. When I replied China, she said she can't be from China. She doesn't look Chinese. Because those people have those squinty eyes and she doesn't look like that." She's pretty (such a compliment!). She said a couple of ruder things that I won't repeat. (I live in the central Appalachians. Enuf said). I swear she didn't seem to realize she was offensive, she was THAT ignorant. Sick as I felt, I tried the informational tactic. I said there are millions and millions of people in China with a lot of different facial features. But "those people" are now "me and my child" and I think you ought to keep your mouth shut.

    There are a couple of other bad ones, the worst, in fact, but I think I had better stop here, for now at least! Don't want to dig up those memories today. I will say, though, that most responses of people have been non-intrusive or positive or politely curious, and parenting has been a joy.

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  • MarilynMarilyn 4338 replies142 threads Senior Member
    My MIL takes the cake on this subject. She once announced, "Marilyn doesn't like fruit." This even though I had frequently eaten various fruit at her table in front of her. Turns out I had not eaten any of the peaches ripening on the kitchen windowsill that visit.

    She also once asked with great concern when hearing about our upcoming Florida trip with then seven year old son, "Tell me, Marilyn, what is DS going to do in DisneyWorld?" I didn't even know how to start answering that one... "Um. have fun?" Turns out her only experience there was the International part of Epcot. Her entire image of DisneyWorld was exclusively shops and restaurants.

    MIL had serious tunnel vision.
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  • Midwest67Midwest67 4177 replies15 threads Senior Member
    Thanks to those who shared stories about their adopted children & the things that come out of people’s mouths! Wow!
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