The only blond girl in Kindergarten
Living in Sri Lanka with two kids can be pretty standard, unless one of your kids is blond. Our daughter has very light brown hair, not golden blond hair but light enough for it to be noticeable and different. Our daughter has the lightest hair in the school and some kids simply cannot hold back from touching it every single day. She doesn’t like it all the time and gets quite upset if it happens too often.
All families with blond children who travel to countries where the local hair color is dark, know what it’s like to have people touching their kids hair and skin while they visit markets or walk around town. Local people are known to stop in their tracks to touch their hair, their skin and smile at them like they are mini gods.
Some parents are ok with it and some aren’t. When the kids are really small they have no say and usually people don’t even ask before taking a photo or touching them. When kids get older they start complaining about it and hiding behind their parents. My kids don’t like getting their photo taken anymore, I also ask them if they are ok with it now when someone asks.
Curly Hair is also an attention grabber
Blond hair is obviously different to dark hair, and if it comes along with fair skin the odds aren’t in your favor around people with cameras and curiosity. Before starting primary school, our son used to have long curly hair and you wouldn’t believe the attention he got everywhere we went. He has taken hundred of selfies with perfect strangers, always making funny faces at the camera. He is 6 and a half and doesn’t like doing it anymore.
Everywhere we go, specially here in Sri Lanka, people stare. It turns out that Sri Lankas like to stare, no matter what your hair looks like. Our son constantly complains about people looking at him and becomes quite upset when someone looks at him for long periods of time.
He is learning to not pay attention to the starers, and now that his hair is short from school, the staring and the photos are less for him. For my daughter on the other hand, people keep taking photos in the park sneakily thinking that I can’t see them. Some people ask for a photo and since now I ask her if she’s ok with it, they usually do not get a photo after all.
The Throngs of Chinese Tourists and their cameras
When we lived in Phuket three years ago, our daughter was tiny and very blond from the sun. The island of Phuket is quite populated with buses full of Chinese tourists. Every time we went a place where these groups would be, our daughter was a focal point of their day.
The below photo was from the most populated photoshoot that ever happened. She was playing in the sand like any other kid, there were plenty. Since she was the blond one, she got all the attention.