An Uncommon Cold
by Lois D. Brown
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They found the newborn lying next to his dead mother, umbilical cord still attached. His body was stiff, his lips blue; yet when rescue workers pried open the door of the smashed Ford Taurus cocooned in a three-foot high bank of snow, the baby gurgled, as if thanking them for their help.
His birth, during one of the worst storms to ever hit San Francisco, was heralded as both a miracle and a tragedy. Once the fame of his untimely and unusual arrival into the world was forgotten, he was shuffled through foster homes and care centers like any other parentless, normal child. Yet, Martin was neither.
“I don’t want to be his dance partner. Can I have someone else?” whined Georgia Hughes, the most popular fourth grader at Millington Elementary School in Truckee, California. Her yellow curls bounced as she flipped her head back and forth. “Martin’s hands are always cold, and they stink.”