There is perhaps nothing more difficult that being a child, especially in grade school. There is homework, an entire new world waiting to be explored and inhabited, and new people to meet and play with. This is the time when children start to discover their senses of self and who they are. They start to see what they are truly worth as well as where their place is on the school ground hierarchy. They start to notice the differences between themselves and their peers.
Before the material differences start to become a factor, the first difference many of these young children start to see are the physical differences between all of them. Some are taller and some are shorter. Some are fatter and some are skinnier. Some have longer hair and some have short hair. And everyone makes fun of everyone else. However, even before the children have learned it is wrong to do so, every single one of them will pick on the one kid with a physical deformity. Maybe it is an extra finger, or a birthmark which looks really weird. The child can now go two ways with this physical deformity which causes everyone to pick on them. There are many children who, given the right encouragement, are able to overcome this and become stronger because of it. There are many erudite kids who used this opportunity to become stronger and even become the popular kids in school.
However, there are many more who are ashamed of their deformities, and who simply dread going to school every day. They are unable to do anything except think about and be self conscious of their physical deformity. Those are the ones who shrink back out of society and become loners. Yet there is a third option: surgery. Here is the story of one young deformed boy and his quest to look normal.
[post_page_title]Being a little different[/post_page_title]
Whether we have kids in elementary school or still have memories of it, we all remember that one kid. Maybe they were a little weird, or maybe they looked a little different. Perhaps you were the odd man out, the one who looked a little weird or acted a little differently. Well, in Salt Lake City, Nevada, a little boy looked a little different, and experienced the same fear that so many others feel before going to school.