A few things I want to talk about that captured my interest, just some random things that I’ve recently heard or read about that made me think.
Christine Chubbuck. In 1974, she was a local news person in Sarasota and had a morning talk show. I didn’t live in the area back then and I would have been too young to have been familiar with her anyway but I found it odd that I’m just hearing about her because you would think her story would be infamous.
In 1974 Christine Chubbuck began reading the top news stories on her live television show. Several minutes into the broadcast she read a statement that went something like “…in keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color you are going to see another first, attempted suicide.”
And then she shot herself in the head. Live. On air.
There is no footage of that day. Her family took steps to prevent it from ever being seen again, thankfully. What makes this story interesting to me is what those around her said about her suicide. That she was depressed, that she was upset at being a virgin at 29, that she may never find a husband and have children. I know why this bothers me but I’m interested in what you think about this young woman’s short life. Recently there were two films made about her and I am really looking forward to watching both of them, mostly because there is so much mystery about who she was and I’d really like to know.
This story about a baby with big ears really got me. In case you didn’t know, I also have big ears but I didn’t have this baby’s parents. This baby’s parents took her to a plastic surgeon…at two months old because well, they didn’t want her to grow up with kids making fun of her. I grew up with kids making fun of me.
The baby ended up wearing ear wells, a type of splint which flattens out the ears. I guess it’s better than actually having plastic surgery, which they did consider, but is this the right thing to do? The baby’s mother openly admits that she lied to people and told them the ear wells were the result of an ear infection and she also states that the baby didn’t really like wearing them.
On the one hand, I understand exactly what it feels like to be teased for protruding ears but on the other hand, I wouldn’t have ever noticed my ears if other people hadn’t pointed them out, so I wonder how I would have felt if my parents had noticed and then decided on surgery without ever giving me the option of deciding for myself. I’m also not so sure I would have wanted the surgery as a child because as bad as it was, the teasing wasn’t unbearable. That being said, had I been a guy, I might feel differently.
What do you think?
Should parents consider surgery if their child has protruding ears?
What about other imperfections?