A mother has written an emotional short blog about her son wearing nail polish.
Devon Berryann says she never used to worry about her son’s typically feminine habits.
‘My six year old son likes to wear nail polish. He likes to wear girls’ clothes and tutus,’ she says. ‘He tells me about the boys he likes at school. He says he will marry them and adopt babies. Maybe he will outgrow it. Maybe not. I love and accept him for who he is.’
A combination of being bullied at school and the Orlando shootings made her reconsider what was best.
‘A couple days ago he came home and told me again about kids teasing him at school. For the first time ever I considered talking him into taking it off. For the first time ever I was scared that he would be gunned down one night when he was out having a good time with his friends.
‘In that moment I was so terrified that I wondered if it would be better to stop appeasing him. Then I remembered all the reasons I let him be who he wants. Because it makes him happy. Because nothing hurts more than seeing your child truly sad. Because pretending to be someone you’re not to please other people only leads to self-loathing. That too made me afraid.’
In her post, she said she realized what makes him happiest was most important.
‘I want this world to change. To be better for him. He is a wonderful, amazing person.
‘He wants to be president. He thinks he is a ninja. He listens when you explain things and remembers it forever. He notices when you’re sad and tries to cheer you up. He has a light about him that just can’t be put out, no matter how hard some people have tried.
‘So yesterday, we went out and bought more nail polish, and today we wore tutus. So here he is world. See my boy for the amazing person he is. Show him love. Show him acceptance. Help us change the world into one that deserves him.’
Read the full post on Berryann’s Facebook page.
We know it’s father’s day, but we just wanted to point out how excellent this mom is.