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Episode 2: The Play Date

The New Adventures of Justin T. Fairchild, Social Justice Warrior

February 2017: “I’m worried about Richie,” I said. “Why is that?” Emma asked. “Well, just look,” I said.

Richie’s first Christmas had been a contentious affair. We had told everyone when he was born that we were only going to have white unbleached wooden toys for him to play with. This announcement was met with a fair degree of completely unmerited scorn by everyone else in both of our families. The one grandparent who came closest to compliance was my mother, who gave Richie a set of wooden blocks with Cyrillic characters, and a onesie with Che Guevara’s face, which I appreciated but had not actually been brave enough to have him go out and wear in public.