Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 27, 2007

Kids should learn to be proud of who they are

I wish to thank KidsHealth for the story they posted in the May 7 issue of the Herald. Nothing short of a truthful piece. At Carowinds, I often see kids sitting on a bench crying their hearts out because they're too short or too tall to get on a certain ride. And, yes, what you eat plays a big part in physical growth. There are healthier things to snack on besides cookies and candy bars: things such as apples, oranges, bananas, raisins, peanuts, pistachios, kiwi fruit, fat free/sugar free granola bars and shredded wheat. The less fat and sugar you eat, the healthier you are and the bigger you grow.

In schools, there's always something kids get picked on for. Everything from height to eye color to weight to speech to intelligence level to religion to country of origin to race. A fellow victim of that, I can't believe there are parents in this world who allow their kids to be disrespectful to those who are different. It makes me sick! I was treated badly in school because of my height, and the parents of the kids who caused it allowed it to go on even when my teachers and parents intervened.

I hope kids today have better luck than I did. More so, I hope they remember that no matter how different a person is on the outside, it doesn't mean they're not someone with a caring heart who wants only to be loved and accepted as a good friend. There's a lot of roadblocks out there when it comes to height, and there's a lot of people with narrow minds when it comes to physical difference.

But kids, no matter what, don't let that dissolve your confidence and self-esteem. Be proud of who you are. Let your inner light of optimism shine by doing the things you enjoy with your time and being good to your friends and family and yourselves. Each child is unique in his and her own way. Each child is fine.

Brian Isaac

Rock Hill