If your blonde haired self and your dirty blonde husband go in to the hospital to deliver a baby, and the nurse hands you a red head, you might be a little shocked.
If you feel a little shocked, you may give your husband a funny look and wonder where this red hair came from.
If you take your red headed baby out in public, you can bet your bottom dollar that EVERY SINGLE person you come into contact with for the rest of your days is going to compliment your baby’s red hair and also ask you where it came from.
If you’re like me, you’re not exactly 100% sure where it came from, so you aren’t quite sure how to answer that question. You’ll tell them that you think your husband’s mom’s grandpa had red hair.
When you tell them where you think the red hair came from, they will then tell you about someone they know in their life that has red hair.
After they tell you about their red-headed acquaintances, they will also question if you know how rare red hair is, and several people will refer to your child as a “dying breed.”
Just when you think you can’t possibly be stopped by one more person in the grocery store to ask about/compliment your baby’s red hair, you will be stopped by someone else who will gasp in awe and tell you how amazing his hair is.
Just when you thought you had seen/heard it all, someone will walk up and touch your baby’s red hair and tell you that they are sorry, but they just can’t help it because it is so beautiful.
And just when you’re contemplating designing a blonde baby wig or only taking your baby out in public if he’s wearing a stocking cap to cover his head, so as to avoid 99 conversations a day about his red hair, you’ll realize that he actually is SO special. And his hair is SO beautiful and SO rare, and you wouldn’t want that doctor to have handed you anything other than this perfectly beautiful, unique, red-haired baby.
They say that only 2% of the population has red hair. I never paid much attention to just HOW rare red hair is, but now that I’m confronted daily about it, I realize just how special it really is. As much as I joke about not taking my baby out in public anymore, I’m totally kidding. The amount of joy that this baby and his red hair bring to so many people a day is amazing. I can only hope that he continues to be a bright spot (literally and figuratively) in people’s lives for years to come!