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Abby isn't considering adoption because she can't handle raising any kid.

So if there’s any kind of kid you can’t handle raising, then you shouldn’t have one… and if you can handle raising a disabled kid, then you should adopt one… and no more kids should be born until all the unwanted ones have homes? Well, I agree with Abby’s morals here, but considering human nature, I’m not sure it’s workable.

She’s right, though, that adoptive parents discriminate based on race, gender and age. Especially age. Getting adopted if you’re older than a toddler is almost as hard as getting adopted if you have a disability. There are countless older kids waiting for parents, because everyone seems to want infants.

Which I absolutely cannot comprehend. If I had to have a kid, I’d pick one that was out of diapers and able to make a sandwich for himself.

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This is bitter, not funny. Sorry but that's how I felt when I wrote it.

Something similar happened to me once. That day, I vowed that I would never in my life refuse anything anybody offered me, as long as it wasn’t illegal or dangerous.

Then I grew up, and realized that people often offer things without really wanting to give them, which makes it a whole lot more complicated than I’d thought.

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but he just rounded up to the nearest palindrome!

Maybe when he’s writing, he rationalizes that each individual letter is itself spelled backwards, and so an essay is really nothing more than a very long series of very short palindromes, and therefore acceptable.

Or maybe he follows each essay with the same essay written backwards, so that even if it doesn’t make any sense, it can still count as palindromic.

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