Children aren’t born to discriminate, they are not born to be prejudiced. It’s taught.
Children are born with beautiful souls and beautiful minds, that are inquisitive about the world around them.
Social education for parents is often about behaviours and boundaries within their society, but it’s deeper than that. Discrimination stems from naivety of our differences, predominantly from the adults around us making presumptions and stereotyping. But it’s our differences give us our individuality.
It is our job as parents to teach our children the power of our differences, educate them in understanding others, and consequently, as I found out this weekend our children will naturally want to learn more about the people around them.
I am blessed my daughter; Little Miss 5 has proved her kind self this weekend, she made a friend named ‘I’ at the caravan.
‘I’ is a beautiful girl, well mannered and full of charisma, she has a smile that could light up the world, and such a contagious laugh that made your own belly hurt just from hearing it! This same beautiful girl, also has a brain tumour and is severely visually impaired.
However, nothing can came between this pair’s friendship.
They laughed together, danced and sang together, played together, shared toys and swapped toys together.
Little Miss 5 showed great patience as she taught ‘I’ to play snakes & ladders (large scale), while the young girl taught my daughter the true meaning of laughter, fun & friendships.
Little Miss 5, found a caterpillar and realising ‘I’ may not be able to see it, she picked it up and placed it on ‘I’s hand, ‘I’ giggled as the caterpillar crawled over her hand and said she’d never felt one before. What a lovely experience for the girls to share, one I hope they both will remember forever!
The girls were inseparable for the entire weekend and have even swapped addresses, ‘I’ says she’s going to write a letter in Braille to Little Miss 5 (to be translated by her teacher) & Little Miss 5 will write a letter to ‘I’ (which her mum or Nana will read to her).
Little Miss 5 now wants to learn Braille too! She has her first basic braille book. 🙂
I cannot even imagine the journey ‘I’s been on over her short little 6 years, I hope one day I get to meet the mother of this truly courageous and inspirational young girl. Meanwhile, we wish her all the best for the future and look forward to hearing from her soon!
Hopefully I can rest in the knowledge that I have given Little Miss 5 a good understanding of equality and that instead of discriminating continues to naturally embrace the learning opportunities that arise from her social interactions, to enable her to build wonderful relationships with all who cross her path as indeed she did this weekend!
So proud of both these kind-hearted souls ❤️