Archive for January 3rd, 2012

3rd January
written by amber

Tuesday’s Child is Full of Grace

The first time she saw a movie with Tuesday Weld in it (it was ‘Return to Peyton Place’), Tuesday was stunned. How could her mother have played such a cruel joke? There’d been no doubt, Tuesday knew, from the moment she was born, that she would never be a beauty.

The cleft palate was the least of it. It had been her good fortune to be born in a country with free health care, and the operations had been done at an early enough age for her to have no conscious recollection of the fear and pain they must have entailed, leaving her with a tiny scar, slightly off-centre lips and a vague discomfort inside hospitals.

She’d been born with dark curly hair – the photos her mother showed off (too often) to demonstrate the success of the plastic surgery proved that. But blonde could come from a bottle, if blond was wanted.

Tuesday didn’t care about blond. She cared about tall, and tall also hadn’t yet been bottled. And tall was off the options list for her from the get-go. Achondroplasia is obvious in an infant.

Well, and what did she think her mother should have named her? Stumpy?

When her thoughts went in this direction, once puberty was over, all she could do was laugh. Try to pick which of the Seven Dwarfs she should have been named for. Laugh, shake her head and get on with it.

There were children here at the orphanage named Napoleon, named George Washington, named Goliath. Children with no legs, children with no arms, children who – like her – bore a cleft palate (unrepaired) as the least of their disabilities.

It was her job to help them find their abilities.

And she was good at it.

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