This article focuses on short excerpts from a Q&A episode of the TLC series ’The Little Couple’, featuring William (Bill) Klein and Jennifer (Jen) Arnold. Husband and wife couple Bill Klein and Jen Arnold both have dwarfism. Jennifer is 3 ft 2” (96.5 cm) and Bill is 4 ft tall (122 cm); Jennifer is a doctor (MD) and Bill owns a pet company.
After two unsuccessful attempts to have their own children (surrogacy) they decided to adopt children (internationally) who also had dwarfism. Bill and Jen ultimately adopted a three year old boy called William (Will) from China and a two year old girl called Zoey from India. Will and Zoe are now 5 and 3 ½ years old respectively.
When will and Zoey get older and ask you why someone says they look different, or that they are small, or they get made fun of, for their size, what would you tell them?
Bill: First of all ... God has a plan for everybody. Nobody is alike, nobody is the same, everybody is made for a reason, everybody is different. We don't always get to pick our differences. I'll tell my children that first and foremost not everybody understands and that's okay. There are going to be people in this world that are not always going to be polite.
Jennifer: A lot of times they say things because they don't understand... Help them understand.
Bill: Yes Jennifer: We're all different.
Bill: My kids will undoubtedly run into someone who is in different circumstances, that they are curious about. I would of course be disappointed if they were insulting, but I will be proud of them if they were to politely ask questions to learn from the experience. I think they will be doing a lot of people a favour to educate while they cruise through life and in those circumstances take the opportunity to educate. That's what I would encourage my kids to do.
Jennifer: You know you don't ever know what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes, just like the person asking the question doesn't understand what it's like to walk in theirs. [Encourage them] to be thankful for the things that they have that are good and not to let those things [other people] get to them. If they let it get to them then really it's only hurting them; you cannot let it ruin you.