I am constantly told that my daughters look just like me, and that I look a lot like my mom. But South Carolina baby MilliAnna resembles her mother, her grandmother, and her great-grandmother in a truly unmistakable way. She has a white shock of hair that runs through her otherwise dark tresses, just like three generations of women before her.
MilliAnna's mom Brianna Worthy says ultimately, she loves her own unique strands, which as the New York Daily News reports, are the result of the birth condition poliosis, an absence of color in a streak of hair on the body, caused by a decreased or total lack of pigmentation. Although, as she told InsideEdition.com, "In elementary school, kids are a little harsher. But when you grow up, it becomes cool."
Interestingly, the child's great-grandmother was adopted and never met her biological family so the rare birthmark may go back even further!
As for what Worthy plans to say to her daughter about her special hair: "I'm going to tell her, 'you're unique, you're pretty, you're beautiful."
What an awesome message! Because we all remember how hard it was to be different in any way growing up. I'd like to think we've come a long way since I was a kid, and that people's differences are increasingly being viewed as things that just make them extra special.
Is there something that makes your child extra special?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.