October 13, 2008
Today, Aiden and I received a gift from Donna and Evan Ducker, authors of the book "Buddy Booby's Birthmark". They came across Aiden's website and were so touched by his story that they wanted to send us a copy. Evan has a port wine stain birthmark, similar to Aiden's. He and his mom Donna wanted to write this book so that other kids with birthmarks would have a character to relate to. The book also sends a message about how a person's personality should define them, not their appearance.
There is a special section in the book called "The Birth of Buddy". It talks about the author's personal experience with her son having a port wine stain. I cried my eyes out when I read it because I could relate to the insensitive remarks Donna and Even endured about his birthmark. It just breaks my heart when people are so hurtful to those who are different. Thankfully, it's been a while since someone has been down-right mean about Aiden's birthmark. Occasionally, people will look at him curiously and I'll offer to explain and usually, I'll get a hug or a kind remark about how cute he is. I'm finding out more that there are really good and caring people in this world.
Kids and adults could learn a very valuable lesson from this book. It would also be great for schools and doctors offices. Maybe the more people that know about birthmarks and their associated conditions, the less likely they'll be to judge. We can only hope. To order a copy of this book go to http://www.buddyboobysbirthmark.com/.