Lately my daughter has been coming home with news that she is being teased. The tease is about her feet. Apparently they are too small. To me, this is a pretty laughable insult, along the lines of 'your hair is too shiny' or 'your eyelashes are too long' but it affects her. It is a point of difference between her and her little friends. Who knows why little girls do this. I know it is worse in single sex schools. And I know that generally little boys aren't bitchy.
I cannot make my daughter feel better. She doesn't believe me when I say that the size of your feet is just one of those things you cannot change, and it is a waste of time and energy to worry about it.
Everyone has to endure some teasing at school. It is a rite of passage, although it shouldn't be. I keep telling my children that they must never make personal comments about people's appearance. But when others all around you do this, it must be hard not to retaliate.
When I was teased at school (about my name, my fair skin, whatever) I wanted to curl up in a little ball, in my own separate magical home. So here they are for my daughter, some magical places to hide:
(Little willow folly, by artist Patrick O'Donoghue, found here)
(a walnut shell carried by a sperm whale, by Johanna Wright)
(A hay bale cottage, by Ludwig Design)
(mice over Paris, Johanna Wright as above)
(a beaver house by artist Mark Ragonese see here)
(A grown up treehouse by Blue Forest)
This weekend we are going to rug up in front of the fire as I hope it will be cold, and I will make a start on sanding back my horribly painted cedar bench. And read as much as I can. And, I am a bit ashamed to say, probably watch Avatar (it's not me, my husband wants to watch it).
Have a lovely weekend. xoxo