The Light Inside

“Daddy,” she whispered in her soft sweet voice as she was drifting off to sleep. “Today these boys on the playground were pointing and laughing at my lucky fin.”

“I’m so sorry, Lyddie. How did that make you feel?” I asked.


It happened today, and it happened Monday when a girl said her hand was “weird.”

That bright light inside her dims a little bit each time. I want to make it stop. I want that light to instead get brighter and brighter.

So, Mandy and I have been toying with the idea of producing a video to help parents teach their kids how to respond kindly and respectfully to other kids with visible differences like ours.

That’s all I have to say about it for now. In the meantime, please tell your kids to be kind to those who don’t look like them.



  1. Chantel A. Schneider says

    Just watched your video about how your beautiful little girl came into your life. Brought me to tears to be honest. Happy tears of course. I grew up looking different from all the other kids, not in the same way as Lydia, but I can understand how it must make her feel. As a 24 year old now, what I can tell you is that when your parents love you like my mom loved and still loves me (and how you love your girl) you learn that not much else matters besides that love. I will say that I am a much much stronger person for dealing with mean people growing up, but I wish that my mom and I would have done for to help others understand what it’s like to be different. I think your video idea is wonderful! I really really hope you do it. Would love to see it sometime too 🙂

    I’m definitely a big fan of your family now. I’m rooting for you guys! Go Lydia!!!!

    Chantel & Sebastian the Service Dog 🙂

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