One of my 9 year old sons, a Korean adoptee, was born missing his right foot and wears a prosthetic leg. He has never been really self-conscious about it– wears shorts every day of the year that I will possibly allow it, loves to swim, etc. But when he was little, he wasn’t always sure how to answer people’s questions. When people would ask him about his leg, he would often look to me for help. I would answer for him, and then he and I would talk about different ways to answer the questions.
Well, I guess those days are past. The other day at the pool a kid asked about his leg. He told the kid he fought in the Korean War.
The kid looked at him, goggled-eyed. “Really??”
At that point my son laughed and told him that, no, actually he was born that way.
But his reply made me laugh my head off. And feel really proud to see he was finding his own way to answer questions.