Friday, April 20, 2012

R is for... My Little Redhead

Growing up, I was teased relentlessly about my red hair and freckles.  I'm not sure that people meant to hurt my feelings, but after a lifetime of hearing comments like - I'd rather be dead in the bed than red on the head; Beaten like a redheaded stepchild; Wow!  Look at that fiery temper! - I began to wonder if there was something wrong with me.  I wished that I was tan with blond, brown, or black hair (anything but red).  It sounds silly now, but I thought that I could never be beautiful because I was different. 

Luckily, my mother and sister both have red hair, so I wasn't totally alone.  My mother, too, endured teasing, and she was the only redhead in her family.   Despite this, she is very proud of her two redheaded daughters, and she worked hard to change my perspective about what I thought was a curse. It took many years, but I eventually began to appreciate and then love my red hair and freckles.

Now, I have a little redhead of my own, and he's absolutely beautiful!  


  1. He's gorgeous! I think red hair is beautiful. I've often wished mine were red.

  2. I always wanted red hair, brown seemed so . . . boring . . . guess we always want something we don't have! Stopping by from the blog challenge - nice to meet you!

  3. A little cutie!

    I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  4. I envy your red hair! I have a "Ginger" friend who married a red headed man and they have four red-headed children. There was also a Glee episode where a woman was only allowed to marry a red-headed man because they wanted to keep their family line pure....

    Perhaps the red-headed stepchild catch phrases is in the history books?

    Such a fun read today! THANK YOU!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    Fellow A to Z Challenge Writer
    twitter: @juliejordanscot
    S is for Sara Teasdale
    On a Mission to Spread Word-Love Throughout the World

  5. Thank you all for your sweet comments. My husband has very dark hair, so I thought for sure that I would never have a little redhead. But I got lucky!! And he sweet, happy little boy.