All my life I've had a hairy little wog girl complex.
When I was a child I was called names like Hairy Spaghetti Legs, and often cried myself to sleep at night after I'd prayed to God that I would wake up with smooth skin like all the other girls.
As I grew older, I learnt to groom myself the way I wished to appear to others, so until I had children of my very own, I learnt to disregard those memories.
All until one day, my eldest daughter came home from school crying.
"Mummy, why am I so hairy? Why am I not beautiful like the other girls?"
Hearing these words come out of her mouth just about broke my heart into a million pieces.
That night, before bed, I overheard my daughter praying to God, asking him for blonde hair like all of the other girls.
It was at this point where I knew I had to do something.
I searched the market for an appropriate story book to teach her about loving herself and the tolerance of others.
Apart from a few generic happy bunny stories, I didn't find one that I liked which conveyed the message I wanted her to understand.
A message that she could educate her friends with, to stop her getting bullied at school.
At that age, with children, bullying occurs due to a lack of understanding.
I wanted to encourage knowledge, rather than perpetrate ignorance.
So with the help of my husband on the computer, we put together this virtual story for our beautiful, hairy daughter, to help explain to her without apologising, exactly why she looks the way she does.
So that she could move forward in life, and embrace her traits without apologising for them or feeling inferior because of them, in front of others.
Today I'd like to share with you all this story that we've put together, in the hope that perhaps it will help another hairy little spaghetti legged girl embrace who she is.
We hope you enjoy it.