I took my children to the library today. While the older children were picking out their books, I had the little ones with me in the toddler/preschool play area.
While we were there, a boy who was about 7 or 8 looked at my sweet little girl and said loudly, "Eww! She's scary!" and ran away. Anytime she moved within 10 feet of him, he repeated this. He didn't have any parents with him and I wasn't quite sure what to say or do so I left pretty quickly. Fortunately, I don't think Veronica really understood.
I am used to the stares and questions from other children. I understand this is new to them and usually after hearing my standard response of "God made her that way, isn't she cute? Don't worry, it doesn't hurt at all." they don't much care and continue to play. That really doesn't bother me at all.
I had known eventually something unkind like this would happen, but that was when she was a theoretical child, before she was actually MY CHILD. I know I need a thicker skin about it, but my heart just ached for my sweet girl.
I know I won't be able to protect her from every unkind comment she may receive, just like I can't prevent my other children from teasing or unkind words. Instead my job is to love my children oodles so they know that the thoughtless words of a few people don't dictate their self worth. They are loved unconditionally by myself and God.
But its still hard. Its been a tough day.