We need to accept the fact that life is not always fair. It can be cruel sometimes. It is easy and natural to want to shelter kids from mean-spirited children and immature adults. But there happen some things which we cannot control all the time.
When a child is abnormal physically or mentally, this world is a real jerk to them in the form of bullying. But most of the kids don’t care about what others say.
Ruth Gaon thought she had grown accustomed to people looking at her eight-year-old son, Erez Gaon. Erez was born with a congenital melanocytic nevus, a condition where birthmarks of all sizes appear through-out the body. This time, however, the mother of three felt like she was about to lose her temper.
Ironically, it was her son who taught her how to react to bullies. That is one awesome kid.
The birth of the boy was difficult for doctors
The doctors could not understand how to explain the condition to the mom. So they covered the body with blankets to conceal the marks.
This condition occurs in 1 percent of the babies
This occurs due to a mutation in the body’s cells, usually in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Ruthi noticed her newborn had a huge mole on his back.
The moles were inside too!
This worried doctors as the moles were internally in his spine and brain. This was a concern as it may cause epileptic seizures. The baby boy has gone through several surgeries.
In a special needs school, Erez studies grade three
This kid is a happy boy. He mingles well with the peers.
However, strangers never stopped from staring
Ruthi refuses to change their lives and that of Erez. Nonetheless, the older he gets the more Erez understands when he is being bullied.
A mother and daughter made fun of the kid
Ruthi took to Facebook to explain to Erez how she felt about the experience. “I swear I got used to people staring at you, the comments behind our back; the sad fact is that no matter how much we talk of inclusion and acceptance the different one remains excluded and will always draw attention,” she wrote.
She included photos of Erez and herself covered in spots, making silly faces.
“Sometimes it is even amusing. But it is hard for me when people are just mean. How can someone laugh at you, my beloved son?” she asked.
As Ruthi was about to lose temper, the kid had other plans
“Erezi, the easiest thing would have been to explode at that mother, laughing at her young daughter’s insulting remarks about your unique look (things I can’t even put in writing). I swear that at that moment I felt as if I would squash her face (and much more). But you just smiled, took my hand and just kept on walking,” she revealed.
When they got home, she asked her son to draw dots on her face so they could take selfies together.
Ruthi then posted her message along with the photos on Facebook. “A magical touch you have, my child. It’s a fact that instead of me wanting to strangle her I have decided to show everyone that I am so proud of you and your many dots,” she wrote. “Especially that dot which is really close to your beautiful eye that manages to see all the goodness in this world and disregard all the rest.”
The post went viral and people started supporting the kid
Every photo came with the hashtag #FriendsofErez. Local children’s entertainer Twiigy uploaded a photo of himself covered in spots.
Well, the condition is not contagious!
“There are brave children and adults who are challenged by it all over the world.” Their new social media friends bombarded Erez with words of encouragement, love, and support.
What about the mother and daughter bullies?
“I choose to forgive you, not only because it is the days of forgiveness of Rosh Hashana but because of my treasure, Erez, who teaches me every day how to be a better person,” admits Ruthi.