For some reason, there are still people in the world who think it’s okay to make fun of a person because of the way they look or act. I don’t understand it, but it seems there will always be bullies.
One of the best ways to stand up to cruelty, though, is to be the bigger person and respond to the hate with love.
That’s exactly what Erez Gaon did when a mother and daughter started making fun of his appearance recently.
Erez was born with congenital melanocytic nevus, a condition that usually occurs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and resulted in Erez’s body being covered in birthmarks and moles of different sizes.
When he was born, doctors covered his body with a blanket before handing him to his mom, Ruthi, because they didn’t know how to break the news to her.
There are similar spots inside Erez’s brain and spine, which can lead to epileptic seizures, so Erez attends a school for special needs children most of the time and then goes to public school once a week so he can feel included in a regular social environment.
He is used to the stares he often gets from people is a happy and very outgoing child.