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Stars of “Far From the Tree” on Living with Dwarfism and Raising Average-Sized Kids


Photo: Participant Media

Photo: Participant Media

By Johnny Dodd

On a recent muggy afternoon in San Diego, Leah Smith and her husband, Joe Stramondo, are sitting outside their San Diego apartment, watching their 6-week-old son, Silas, snooze in his stroller, while his 2-year-old sister Hazel is at preschool.

The pair, who both have a form of dwarfism, are cracking each other up as they try to explain how their height — or lack thereof — isn’t the hardship some seem to think.

“I don’t leave the house thinking, ‘How am I going to reach the milk at the grocery store?’ ” Smith tells PEOPLE. “I’ll climb the shelves if I have to. I was doing it when I was nine months pregnant!”

Adds Stramondo, “Yeah, scaling the bread aisle, trying to get those bagels down … Life is good!”

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