When I was a kid, I would excitedly wait for that one special week when all the beloved Christmas shows would air. We did not have DVDs or videos of any form for that matter. We had to wait until it aired live on television.
However, when Rudolph aired, I would feel very sad for Rudolph as all the other reindeer teased him for his shiny red nose. See, I was born with a strawberry birthmark on my left jaw. Think the kids had fun with that? Indeed they did. I completely identified with Rudolph, recognized the mean reindeer in a lot of kids and adults but felt empowered to be unique and special. When I was 11 years old, for my birthday I asked to have the birthmark removed. The kids were endeared by my courage to undergo surgery to fix the problem of which they all teased me about. Then all the reindeer loved me…
Rudolph and Bullying
Then I grew up and had my own children. As I would watch Rudolph every year with each of my kids, I would cringe, the protective mom in me would emerge. I would find myself getting angry at the portrayal of Santa who seemed to support the bullies. With bullying becoming such a pervasive problem in today’s society, I simply cannot watch it, even though, it, along with other stories, empowered positive change within me. I feel that it in some way condones the bullying behavior.