|Ears looking at you kid!|
My name is Karen O'Reilly and I've got sticky out ears ... there, I've said it, I feel much better now that you know that about me!
After my two children were born, the first thing I looked at ( after ascertaining the sex and that they had 10 fingers and toes ), was their ears. Were they blessed with their Father's normal sized, sticky in ears or burdened with a lifetime of jokes and mockery with jug handles like mine. Luckily , the two had normal petite ears ( thank you Mr Getrealfrance) and we didn't have to send them back ( joke)
Here in the deep South of France, appearances mean everything. A neighbour of ours who is diabetic and often has to go for complicated procedures under general anesthetic had sticky out ears and so his Mama and Papa sent him off to get them pinned back! He's 9. I was, frankly, shocked that they would put him through this but when you think about it, for a kid who is being constantly mocked and taunted, it could be a real blessing. Ostoplasty ( or cosmetic ear pinning) is the most popular cosmetic surgery for kids under 18 in France.
Obama was bullied as a kid for having Big Ears - what about the "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?" theory though?
Would I have been prepared to put my children under General Anesthetic so they would conform to beauty norms and rid them of their O'Reilly ears?