Kids

Kids

Kids are most honest when asking what I have on my face. Since they are not polluted by our societal norms, they often just ask. I know for many with a visible difference, they don’t want to be asked, but I’d rather be asked then spoken about behind my back. You can see the shame of parents when their kid asks them out loud ‘what does she have on her face?’ Often times parents start whispering, or say something which is not true, like that its a burn or something. They also tell their kid to stop asking. But why? I think these questions are very important and give us an oppurtunity to teach our kids. This morning I was in the waiting room of the physiotherapist, when a kid asked their mom what I had. The mother said he shouldn’t ask. Then I replied that he could ask me if he wanted to. So he asked and I explained that it was kind of like a freckle or a mole but then larger and it came with birth. The mom then said it was really kind of me to explain him. I replied that if we want to live in a world in which colors matter but are equal, a world in which we don’t feel scared of difference, then we should educate our kids. Speak openly about it and let kids see that there is nothing wrong with curiousity and that there is nothing different between whats on the inside of my skin and theirs