Monday, June 21, 2010
The Face of Dwarfism
I LOVE the happiness my youngest son exudes. He is well loved and knows it. We have no history of dwarfism on either side of his family. The experts at Children's Hospital told us that they found that 80% of children with dwarfism were born to fathers over 40. True in our case. Still, I have never felt ashamed of him. To the contrary it makes him all the cuter. Being a "little person" or "LP" really has never been much of an issue yet. You run into the occasional "uneducated" (a nice way to say rude) person. I hate the word "midget" however. It is hurtful and derogatory. I am not really crazy about "dwarf" either. He is just a little boy....... A short little boy. Not a caricature from a Disney film. The LP community accepts that "dwarf" is an acceptable title. If anyone has a right to decide, they do. As he gets older though, it gets a bit tougher. He is the height of an 18 month old child, even though he is 6. He is little among the little!! I worry about when he starts school, his safety, other kids, other parents, well, EVERYTHING!!
I LOVE this picture taken last year with a clown at the Thomas the Tank Engine event last year. He was SO happy. He is crazy for Thomas!! He looks so much like my dad his grandpa. My little guy has to have an operation on his eyes. I have also decided as I get older, I am going to become a professional clown. I can wear LOTS of make-up, so people have to work harder to guess my age!!