Everyone in his family had always liked the fact that "Stanley Yelnats" was spelled the same frontward and backward. So they kept naming their sons Stanley. Stanley was an only child, as was every other Stanley Yelnats before him.
All of them had something else in common. Despite their awful luck, they always remained hopeful. As Stanley's father liked to say, "I learn from failure."
But perhaps that was part of the curse as well. If Stanley and his father weren't always hopeful, then it wouldn't hurt so much every time their hopes were crushed. (3.21-23)
"If it makes you feel better to call me Mom, Theodore, go ahead and call me Mom." (5.36)
"What's in the box?" asked Squid.
Stanley had forgotten he had brought it. "Uh, paper. I was going to write a letter to my mother."
"Your mother?" laughed Squid.
"She'll worry if I don't."
Squid scowled. (9.37-41)