|Photo by Peters Photography|
Isn’t this the most delicious picture you’ve EVER seen? Introducing The McGhee Sextuplets Rozonno Jr., Isaac, Josiah, Elijah, Madison and Olivia the four sons and two daughters of Mia and Rozonno McGhee. These beautiful babies were born in June and, after a several-months-long stay at the hospital, arrived to their Columbus, Ohio home in September. They are the first set of sextuplets to be born in Columbus, and only the second set in all of Ohio.
I do remember a time when the birth of this many babies at once was celebrated with a lifetime supply of diapers, formula, baby wipes, at least one super-sized mini-van, college scholarships and lots of cash money, dollar bills, y’all, from every baby company, TV station, and good-hearted person on the planet. I also remember that this kind of benevolence always seemed to be reserved for the Gosselins and Duggars and McCaugheys of the world, never for children who look like The McGhees.
Seems things ain’t changed with these chocolate beauties, either.
Stories abound that when the McGhee sextuplets were born, they got six Buckeyes onesies from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, and a certificate from the Columbus City Council honoring them as the city’s first set of sextuplets. Six onesies and a piece of paper.
Long. Blank. Stare.
A few more donations flowed in after the Columbus Dispatch did a story about the McGhees taking their six babies back to their two-bedroom home virtually empty-handed. Mia McGhee, who quit her job to care for her children while her husband makes a living from a self-owned carpet cleaning business, said she was “staying positive” and simply “happy” to finally “have a family.”
Now, I was hopping all over the internet yesterday, reading stories about the family and particularly all the scary, jacked-up messages people were leaving in the comments sections (which can be almost as scary as a Klan rally). Folks were going IN on the family, saying they were looking for handouts and that they shouldn’t have had all those babies if they couldn’t take care of them, and that they should have saved up if they knew they had six kids coming, and telling them that they should go on welfare and stop begging blah, blah, blah. What you should know, though, is that this couple got pregnant with their six babies while taking fertility drugs; their doctor suggested it after they had premature twins whom died after birth. When their doctor revealed there were six eggs in Mia’s womb and offered to “reduce” the number, the McGhees didn’t have the heart to abort any of their babies. So, despite the risk that they could lose them all, the couple chose to keep each and every one of their children, and each of them made it into this world.
And the McGhees haven’t asked anyone for so much as a baby wipe.
Personally, though, I feel like they deserve so much more. Pampers? Johnson & Johnson? Abbott (the makers of Similac)? Toyota? Maybe y’all could scare up some of what the other families got when they produced their own Miracle Six families. Maybe Ohio State could take back those onesies and offer to let each of the McGhee children attend college for free when they graduate high school.
Maybe you and I could help these beautiful brown babies not only survive, but thrive.
To help out the family, you can make monetary donations to “The McGhee Trust Fund” at any Chase Bank location. Non-monetary donations can be sent to: IMPACT Attn: Tracy Taylor 700 Bryden Road, Columbus, OH 43205. You can also “like” the McGhee family’s FaceBook page to show your support, send your well-wishes, and keep up with their story.
Need inspiration? Go back to the top of this post and look at those angelic little brown faces again. Good grief, the McGhees do good work, don’t they? God bless them one and all.