I read something this week about ginger children. It hit a nerve with me which was hard to shake off.
It was a topic of conversation regarding ginger haired people including comments from some adults that feel sorry for those that have ginger children.
The reason they might feel sorry for them? Bullying of course.
Yes the world is really still that cruel. But is it really any wonder when even adults are still talking about a hair colour?
Now I am a red head. I absolutely hated it at school and tried to dye it blonde to dull the colour down a bit to stop as many children taking the mick out of me.
The micky taking then turned in to severe bullying. Leaving school was the best day of my life. I hated everything about school due to the turmoil I had to go through on a daily basis. To this day if I sit in a conference I have to sit at the back of the room (yes I am a grown woman) – yet I am still scarred from things being thrown at me in class or pinned to my back at school.
Yes I have ginger hair. Yes I may be a little paler than others. Yes I only have to look at the sun to turn in to a beetroot. I do not need others to point this out to me.
Why can’t people support others and appreciate that everyone is different? Because different is scary. Different isn’t something that anyone wants to be in this world.
School was really traumatic for me as a red head. So when I had my child 2 years ago and saw he was also a little red head, my heart dropped through my chest. What if he goes through what I went through?
Then you read ridiculous comments from parents that should know better. We should be teaching our children that there is no such thing as a weird or different hair colour. That everyone is really the same.
If parents are still thinking this about ginger haired parents and children, what will their children think when they start school?
There is on a positive note, a lot of love for ginger hair and lots of support. So lets teach our children that it doesn’t matter if you are big or small, tall or short, ginger or brunette (or blonde obviously), everyone is the same person inside!
And to all those people that taunt us gingers and give our children a sympathetic nod…maybe you wish you had our hair colour? But one things for sure, you definitely couldn’t pull it off as well as us.
Busy Working Mummy XOXO