To the Editor:
As a father of 19-month-old triplet daughters, I feel compelled to write this letter.
I’m sure other parents of multiples will completely agree with what I am about to say.
When my wife and I go out to the store or a mall, it is a job in and of itself to get out the door. When we get to our destination and start to unload our three girls, the freak show begins. At times, it is circus like.
Triplets, as we have witnessed in the past year-and-a-half, are a magnet for attention. While we understand it is not every day that people see or come in contact with triplets, what we don’t understand is why people feel the need to touch and rub them. My kids are not a petting zoo for people and their kids. When we tell people to please not touch our girls, some get offended.
We have been harassed, cussed at, and, in the last incident, threatened with bodily harm. Why is it so hard for some people to understand that we don’t want their germs on our kids? When one gets sick, all three get sick.
Parents of multiples understand this can be a nightmare. We don’t mind if you comment, wave or talk to us. But please do not touch them. But for those of you who feel the need to touch them, we have to ask, “Why?”