Last week, Sparkle and the family attended Hyundai Hope on Wheels! This was our second year attending and as cliche as it sounds, this year was even better! Sparkle is at the age now where she’s understanding much more and having semi-difficult conversations with her about ” real life” is much easier.
Immediately, as we walked in she spotted some familiar faces Carter and Elizabeth. The ambassadors from last year, they have a two year run of being Hyaundi Hope On Wheels ambassadors. She listened as they shared their year journey as ambassadors. During their stories, Elizabeth shared pictures and stories about the time she was getting chemo and she lost all of her hair. She began to explain how her classmates made fun of her and called her a boy. Sparkle looked back at me with the look of sadness written all over her face. I knew I wanted to talk to her later about it.
We ended the night by dancing in the audience while Dougie Fresh and the Alvin Alley Dance took over the stage. Sparkle couldn’t leave without going to say Hi to Elizabeth and Carter, she was so shocked when the remembered her from last year!
On the drive home, I had a conversation with Sparkle and her brother about what Elizabeth shared. I asked them what would she do if something like that happened at school? Would she stick up for her friend or join in and laugh with the others?
I asked her to keep Elizabeth and Carter in mind when other people make fun of other kids in her presence. Stick up for them even when no one else does it.