In Louisville, Kentucky, two five-year-old boys set out to play a prank on their teacher but instead ended up sending a valuable message about acceptance.
Reddy Weldon and his older brother were adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago.
Weldon and his best friend, Jax Rosebush, attend preschool together. When Rosebush asked his mother, Lidia, for permission to get a haircut, she was surprised to hear that his motivation was to play a prank on her son’s teacher. He thought that by getting a haircut to match his friend’s, his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart.
“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. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.”
Lidia took to social media to voice her son’s heartwarming request and received countless responses praising the boy’s innocence. That’s when she decided to take action and bring the boys to the barber shop to make Jax’s dream come true.
“It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn’t even notice that Reddy is a different color,” said Lidia. “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’s adoptive father, Pastor Kevin Weldon, was touched by the situation as well.
“My sons do not look like me but we are family all the same. We share the same last name, love each other with all we have, and are a forever family…One day when I am gone, they will inherit all that I have and carry on our family name. It’s really cool to see that move on from our family right into his relationships with his friends. There’s an innocence children have that sometimes we lose. If we could get some of that back, I think it would be amazing,” he said.
Over 90% of adopted children ages five and older have positive feelings about their adoption, and it’s safe to say that Reddy is definitely one of them. Above all, both families are glad their children are spreading a positive message.
“If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught, I don’t know what is,” said Lidia.