Consumed with love and an unshakeable desire to protect her baby daughter, Crenshaw has taken to her blog to explain why her daughter’s birthmark does not define her. Nor should it be the first thing strangers comment on when they meet her for the first time.
In a post she penned called What’s Wrong With Her Face?, that has since gone viral, Crenshaw laments how her daughter’s birthmark is “usually the first thing that people comment on” even though she consistently tries to remind herself that “that most humans are kind and well intentioned”.
As explained in her piece, Crenshaw’s baby Charlie has a capillary hemangioma which is a defect that occurs extremely early in pregnancy with no known cause or prevention.
“I don’t get angry about brief stares. I understand that it’s human nature to do a double-take when you see something about someone that makes them different,” she writes.
However, Crenshaw encourages strangers to understand what they’re commenting on.
“For us, any other [medical] complication[s] were eliminated and Charlie’s hemangioma was deemed cosmetic,” she writes. “While I don’t mind educating curious minds, I don’t need your opinion on how it its progress or the affect it may have on her.”
But it’s not just the medical advice Crenshaw spends her time fending off, and seeks to correct, but a natural will for others to see the beauty they see in baby Charlie, too.
“We don’t need to talk about it every time you look at her. We see past the colour of her face. Charlie is Charlie and it’s part of who she is. It doesn’t need to be constantly commented on, critiqued, or questioned.
“It’s a part of her unique beauty. It may never disappear, and guess what? It doesn’t have to. I would much rather chat about her latest milestone achievement, her amazing smile, or how gorgeous her eyes are.”