That Gender Thing

I’m sure that for Alopecians, everyone has that moment when someone calls you the gender you aren’t , especially for girls. Here are two moments where someone called me a boy, and a bonus incident.

1. The Buffet

So here I am, getting some pasta Alfredo made to order at a buffet. (Eat some!) As I’m waiting for my food, these two women come up. When the pasta person is done, she realizes that she forgot who ordered. One of the women steps up, points to me, and says,”It’s his.” I kinda nudge her and say,

“I’m a girl,” and she’s like, “Oh…….” I told her it was alright and edged out of the line.When I told my family, they were cool with it. Everything was fine after all.

2. Gaming Room/3. Allergic to your Hair?!

I’m playing Minecraft in this really cool game room when this boy comes up to the Xbox 360 next to me. He”s about 7 or 8, and I’m kinda nervous, because that’s the age when kids won’t understand and make fun of you. This guy was cool, though. He frankly asked, “How come you’re bald?” Since he’s little, I give him the “allergic to my hair” statement.
“Allergic to your hair?! No way!”

The boy screams, and I eke out,”Kind of…?” Later, another kid came in looking to play Minecraft with someone. One kid suggested playing with “that guy”. You know who he meant. I told him reluctantly, “I’m a girl…” Every time a kid came in after that, I gave them a heads-up. Sometimes I guess people’s presumptions aren’t always the best.

By Peyton H.

I’m completely bald and the proud owner of a blog called Peytonpecia is all about helping kids with alopecia areata feel comfortable with themselves.

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