A mother from Louisville, Kentucky was surprised by her son’s request when she told him he needed to get a haircut over the weekend. The photo that she shared online has immediately gone viral.
Lydia Rosebush’s 5-year-old son, Jax, told her he wanted to shave his head so he could look like his friend, Reddy. According to him, the only noticeable difference between them was their hairstyle.
“This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair,” Lydia wrote. “I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy.”
“He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart,” she continued. “He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.”
Rosebush shared the heartwarming story on Facebook with a picture of both boys side by side, captioning: “Here’s a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I’m sure you all see the resemblance. If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don’t know what is.”
Her Facebook post has already been shared more than 22,000 times since she posted it on February 24.
Speaking to WAVE, Lydia said she couldn’t believe how much the story resonated with people.
“This is total insanity,” she said. “I just made the post because my kid is hilarious and cute. I never anticipated this. It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn’t even notice that Reddy is a different color. When he describes Reddy he never mentions it. I thought with all the hate in the world today, we could use this lesson from an almost 5-year-old.”
Reddy was born in Africa. Kevin and Debbie Weldon adopted him and his brother, Enock, and when Reddy was 2 years old and Enock was 4.
“My sons do not look like me … but we are a family all the same,” Kevin told news outlet. “It’s really cool to see that move on from our family right into his relationships with his friends,” he added. “There’s an innocence children have that sometimes we lose. If we could get some of that back, I think it would be amazing.”