I am naturally thick skinned (and thick figured) so when someone makes a nasty comment about me, I can take it.
Really, I can.
I am also not one of these “woe is me” types who cry about being bullied and not having any friends but I have been picked on on more than one occasion.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Oh here’s another ginger whinging because she was born with the wrong colour hair and she takes a few little jokes to heart. But the reality is that a few “Ginger Jokes” might not seem like jokes to me. In case you haven’t noticed, redheads have been the butt of jokes for as long as I have been alive, so would it not occur to you that I would already have a complex about my fiery locks?
Your jokes are the evidence of a lifetime of ignorance, insecurity and a bad upbringing and though it might surprise you, because of these flaws in your character, I do not value your opinion.
The opinions that I do value are from those more educated and open-minded. People like my friends, who tell me that they would love to have my hair. Those people so desperate for my hair that they dye and dye their own and never achieve the actual colour. Even the little old woman that stops me in work every Saturday to tell me to never change something that makes me so different from the rest of the world.
So to you, the jokers, the class clowns and the bullies.
You may see my hair as a sign that I have no soul. I see it as a reminder that I am 100% born and bread Irish.
You might see my hair as carrot like. I see it as a gene passed from generation to generation, through my Great Grandfather, through my Grandfather, to my Father and finally, to me.
You can joke about me and taunt me for the rest of my life but nothing will change the fact that I have something over you, something that you, as hard as you try can never obtain.
I am proud to be ginger.
More proud of it than any other aspect of my life. I want my children to be ginger, want my grandchildren to be ginger. I was the whole damn world to be ginger!
So go ahead and call me “Ginger” and “Soul-less” and “Evil” but trust me when I say…
I am calling you a whole lot worse.