Scarlett has encountered many people in her short life, mainly through the professionals she visits, or the therapists she works with, or the random people who pass her in life that she quite fancies ‘getting a grip’ of, normally for a hug….sometimes to give them a lick.
Scarlett is far from shy and is ‘forceful’ for want of a better word when it comes to a tactile encounter. Its wonderful to watch my beautiful little girl so keen to say hello and greet people in a very loving way. Recently at our latest endocrinology appointment the specialist remarked that Scarlett possesses quite a common personality trait of a child who has Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and I think that’s quite a beautiful thing. A young child, developmentally delayed, so she is unable to say hello, has such a lovable, trusting and what I believe a brave nature that she greets strangers in Scarlett’s unique way. People are often taken aback by how loving Scarlett is, a no, it might be a norm and no she might not be socially acceptable, but I love that bit of her and I hope that she clings onto it for as long as possible.
Unique, odd, rare, all adjectives that I am proud to call my daughter. Her nature is one that is not bound by convention, or even close to ‘fitting in’ but its what makes my little girl so special and I am endlessly proud. Being loving, kind and brave is something I feel society is lacking. It can be construed as cheeky, forward or anti-social, but I think if people were a lot more eager to give a hug then the world would be a much better place.
I will explore this issue of being labelled as ‘unique’ further as there is a lot to say, but I hope you enjoyed hearing about the special attributes my little girl possesses and I look forward to telling you more.