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I was a red head and my oldest daughter is a red head. Neither of us were mean, always sweet and sensitive. We get a kick that women will pay hundreds of dollars to have red hair now and we're naturals! Ha Whose laughin now, huh?
Well, actually, although I am a natural red head, I am now completely gray. But she has gorgeous auburn hair.
I had rather vivid red hair as a little kid, and of course, the blue eyes and freckles.
I guess my coloring was considered unusual, and anything different from the norm is fair game for kids. What kid doesn't get picked on for something?
I'll be 50 in a few years, and I must admit that I love my coloring now. It isn't the same vivid red, but it is a copper brown and I have no need to color my hair (except for fun). At the most I have a few gray strands, but most of my friends have been coloring their hair for 15 - 20 years.
As a fair-complected person growing up in the 60s and 70s, I do wish that more attention had been paid to sunscreen. That's my PSA!
Mike, can't you for once stop talking about hamburgers? ...I want to talk about me...
Some of the more interesting ones although I did not read the entire list:
The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the population are natural redheads.
Redheads don't turn grey. Red hair turned sandy, then white. They are also found to loose their color later in life than people carrying other hair colors.
Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.
In Poland, if you pass three red-heads you'll win the state lottery-Sylvia Stevez
I blew that stat. Started getting gray in my 40's and I've been completely gray, really more white for about 7 years. Mine is more medically induced though. My MIL was a copper penny redhead and did not gray well at all. I was so afraid that was would happen to me, but have been pleasantly pleased with how pretty a gray/white it is.
From my early childhood, I despised little red-headed girls. I never met one I liked. The thought of having one as a child never crossed my mind other than as my worst nightmare. Fast-forward to present day. My little red-headed 3yo baby girl is the sweetest little thing on earth. Granted, personality-wise, we are very different and would most definitely NOT have been been friends (she's a crayon-breaker). But I don't have to understand her to love her.
That's funny, "a crayon breaker." LOL When choosing names for our second child, my husband suggested the name Paige. I said no because that was a name for a very blonde little girl. Since DD1 was a copper penny, of course all our babies would be redheads. Red has a very strong streak on both side of our family afterall. We went with the name Mackenzie because of course don't you envision a red head with freckles? Sure enough, we had a toehead! Never in my wildest dreams did I expect that. I don't know why, Hubbs and his twin were toeheads.
Admittedly, I hated being a redhead as a child. I was teased mercilesslly. There was a mean boy in 8th grade (back when 13 yo's acted/looked young) that called me carrot every day of school. I was so glad when he moved away. Still remember his name. Palmer Pace. Wish I came up with something good to yell back at him. But I believe that teasing is one of the things that shaped my personality and sensitivity towards others, listening to both sides of the story before making a decision and being a voice for those without one. So to the OP, while it may be painful now for your little one, it is toughening his/her skin for later in life. No one ever said things would always be easy. Redheads are resilient, blondes are just blonde. LOL