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LaShawnda, Elaine, and Tracy had been friends for about three years, meeting for the first time at a pre-adoption workshop sponsored by a local nonprofit adoption agency with a 75-year history of helping children in the city. They had done everything possible to be selected by the agency to adopt a child. This involved allowing social workers to conduct home studies, having their employment, driving, and court records checked, then waiting for about a year until a newborn child was available. Today the women were gathering in Elaine’s backyard, where their kids could play in the wading pool and the adults could sit in the shade and sip iced tea. The occasion was Darcie’s second birthday: she was the oldest of the three kids present, and the middle one in size: Tracy’s son, Owen, was the largest, and LaShawnda’s daughter, Cecile, was slightly smaller than Darcie. All three kids, their moms would say, enjoyed a stimulating environment, interacting with family, pets, and age-appropriate toys Today’s topic of conversation among these first-time moms was when their kids began walking: Cecile was the first to walk, at age 11 months, followed by Darcie, who walked at 12 months, and Owen, who took his first steps at 14 months. Watching the kids play, the causal observer could see that there were differences between them in gross motor skills: Cecile seemed the most agile and surefooted of the play group; Owen seemed the clumsiest, sometimes tripping over his own feet as he exuberantly ran after his playmates. Tracy worried aloud, “I’m concerned that Owen might have clumsy child syndrome. I wonder whether this would affect his chances of success in school, whether the other kids would make fun of him. He can’t throw a ball, and he has a hard time kicking a ball. And I’m worried that he doesn’t like to play with blocks very much -- most kids like to stack things on top of

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