Any condition affecting the skin affects us on every level of life. The way we look and feel in our skin affects not only our own well-being but how we are perceived and interact with those around us. The self-esteem of a young adult or child is greatly affected by their personal appearance. As a young mother I remember the difficulty encountered trying to do any quick errand with my beautiful baby daughter in tow. At the tender age of 6 months her angelic face and sweet sparkling personality could draw a crowd of admires out of thin air. Shopping day at the local store could take hours as one after another complete stranger stopped for just a moment to comment on the lovely child. Leaving her behind with a setter was the only way to get anything done quickly.
She was 12 months old when she developed a bad case of eczema. Her moist soft pink cheeks and chin became horribly dry and cracked changing the perfect face of an angel to something much less attractive. Her acute disappointment at being looked past and over was evident one afternoon while waiting in the checkout line at the local grocery store. Bubbling sweetly in the cart, flashing her normally captivating smile failed to draw a single admirer. She of course had no idea how the eczema had affected her appearance and was crest fallen when no one paid her any attention. Looking around at the other patrons it was evident they were unaffected by the antics of the ill affected child. Her personality was as vivacious as ever but the package had lost its attraction.
Her skin cleared quickly bringing the return of her thronging admires. The whole incident was forgotten leaving no lingering after affects as she continued to grow, blooming into who she would become. The memory of that day provided a life lesson I have never forgotten. We are all drawn to beautiful things and people, but how often have we looked past some precious little something and completely missed an opportunity that will never come again.