"She said soft words that I know were meant to help me, but words can't change my face."
This sentence is from a book I am reading called 'Wonder.' It is a fictional book about a boy named Auggie and he only has 1 eye. His mother tries to comfort him with her kind words, but he still feels bad about how he looks.
Even though this book is fictional, there are actually real people born with one eye (or have some other difference) who feel bad about being different, and sometimes our words don't help them feel better.
So, how can we help?
I don't think anyone should feel like they are ugly. Beauty is on the inside and depends on a caring heart. You should not judge people by the way they look, and it is not polite to stare at them (or avoid looking at them which Auggie is also experiencing.) Sometimes people tease others or laugh at them because they look different, or whisper about them behind their back. It might not be mean things they are saying but it is still rude and hurtful to the person.
I think we need to put ourselves in other people's shoes to see things from their perspective.
Auggie is a nice kid and has a great personality. If there was an 'Auggie' in my life, I hope that I would reach out and be friends with him; look past how he looks on the outside and just treat him like a regular kid, because he is one.
How you look doesn't say a thing about who you are!
By Neel, age 8