Parents know that the world can be cold and cruel sometimes. It is easy and natural to want to shelter kids from mean-spirited children and immature adults. The reality, unfortunately, is that we cannot be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week to protect them.
For children living with a physical or medical condition that is visible for others to see, it can mean a lifetime of taunting and bullying. Still, there are some kids that either want to see the good in others or simply learn to forgive a wrongdoing as soon as it happens.
Ruth Gaon thought she had grown accustomed at people looking at her eight-year-old son, Erez Gaon. Erez was born with congenital melanocytic nevus, a condition where birthmarks of all sizes appear through-out the body. This time, however, the mother of three felt like she was about to lose her temper. Ironically, it was her son who taught her how to react to bullies.
Instead, they wrapped him around in blankets to conceal his birthmarks.