As we were passing a man with dwarfism the other day, my five-year-old daughter Brontë leaned in to tell me:
“Mom, that man kind of looks like a kid.”
I went pink, silently praying he didn’t overhear her, yet not wanting to apologize (in case he didn’t).
And while considering how to explain why saying such things are rude, it hit me that Brontë is a kid, herself.
- She couldn’t have meant it as an insult, and…
- Telling her that being kid-like is insulting would hurt her feelings.
Because do you explain that someone would obviously not want to be anything like you?