Dear Katie Hopkins,
I’d not heard of you until this morning, so I can’t be certain of what you’re famous for. Based on your comments this morning I’m going to assume that you’re the candidate for the Legalise Marijuana Party in Jacqui Lambert’s Tasmanian electorate. I make this assumption because
- you appear to be high.
- you both seem to have a penchant for mouthing off on subjects on which you have no authority.
I refute that ginger babies are harder to love on the following basis:
- By newborn standards my second born, ginger daughter was a marked improvement on her elder sister. My eldest emerged purple and bloodied with a swathe of dark hair and the imprint of a salad server on her forehead*. Her Little Sister emerged pale faced, blue eyed, ginger and unadorned by kitchen utensils.
- The ginger Little Sister slept. Sleeping ginger babies are infinitely more loveable that their screaming, writhing non-ginger siblings.
- The public have a preconceived notion that ginger children are more difficult. This may or may not be true, but in my experience a supermarket aisle tantrum from a ginger kid is more likely to draw an understanding eye roll than a judgemental glare. Anything that doesn’t make you feel worse about a freezer aisle meltdown is a bonus.
- Red heads can tolerate 25% more pain than the rest of the world**. In the toddler years where head knocks and busters are a daily occurrence, this is a distinct advantage. As mother, this means you spend 25% less time comforting crying gingers than you do their brunette siblings. Less time applying bandaids to invisible boo boos means more time you can spend offending people of twitter.
Now we've sorted that out, best you and Jacqui pop off to your *M*A*S*H* style tent and ponder the big problems, like ebola and children with “lower class” names.
* I thought she was beautiful at the time, turns out I was delirious from blood loss.
** Mogil JS, Ritchie J, Smith SB, et al. Melanocortin-1 receptor gene variants affect pain and mu-opioid analgesia in mice and humans. J Med Genet. 2005;42:583–587.