This inspiring mom is a proud survivor of acid burns to her skin, and she has the scars to prove it. But what really makes her fill with pride is watching how her 3-year-old son, Zailen, has reacted to his mom’s unique appearance as he’s gotten older.
The mom, Karli Butler, says that she often encounters children who stare or ask questions about her scars, and her go-to response is to explain patiently that she had an “accident,” which young kids usually interpret as a car accident.
“I’d much rather have a child ask me openly than point and stare and never get the opportunity to interact with me,” says Butler. Parents have scolded their children or hurried them along when they’ve commented on her skin, but “I always tell parents it’s okay,” she adds.
Her openness and upbeat attitude is clearly rubbing off on her young son. Recently the two were playing at the park when a group of curious children began asking the usual questions. But before Butler had a chance to respond, Zailen did something amazing.
"Before I could get a word out, my son said..."Posted by The Mighty on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
"Before I could get a word out, my son said..."
“Before I could get a word out, my son said, ‘It’s just burns, guys! From a car accident.’ A part of me giggled as he said it so matter-of-factly. I in no way expected him to assume the responsibility of answering for me or sticking up for me, but he did,” she says.
Butler was shocked at the 3-year-old’s maturity, but definitely pleased as well. “He didn’t see it as a big deal or as something that should stop their fun, so he addressed it, made eye contact to confirm they were okay with it and then they happily moved on. Who knew?”
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