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Monday, May 2, 2016

Moles

When Rodney was little, he had this cute wee mole above his right upper lip. That was his most charming feature. Females of all ages would gush over him. Everyone seemed to adore his cute mole. But as he grew, so did the mole. Mole in Malay is "tahi lalat" which translates as " housefly poop" and Rodney's mole had often been the brunt of jokes for unkind kids in his school. He hated his mole and wanted it removed.

The Hubs and I had been mulling over Rodney's request for quite some time. According to Chinese and Indian beliefs, a person's future is based on the position of moles on his/her face and removing a mole may change one's fate. Rodney's was a good mole, as it suggested abundance of wealth in his life. This mole also would bring him fame and recognition according to The Chinese Almanac. Well meaning friends and relatives advised us against the removal,  Maybe it was just a coincidence but a friend became bankrupt when his business failed soon after his lucky mole was removed.

I reasoned, how could it possibly be a lucky mole when it was causing Rodney so much unhappiness? And so, against all caution, The Hubs and I decided to accede to Rodney's request.

It has been a week since Rodney had his mole lasered off. What used to be his snot-size mole is now a scab. It takes a little getting used to seeing him without his mole - he looks different!  But I can clearly see that he is very much happier so I know we had made the right decision.

Abundance of wealth, women, fame and fortune, huh?

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13 comments:

betty said...

I think you made the right decision about having the mole removed especially if you can already see an improvement in how Rodney feels about himself. I would have probably done the same thing. Adorable cookies!

Betty

aureliaeugenia said...

Always beautiful cookies! How are you ? I hope you and your family are in good health and happy !!!! We celebrated Easter 2 days ago ,with a good weather and now it is an awful rain ! it will pass and the sun will come again! Kiss you !

Edye Nicole said...

Oh my word! These are almost too cute to eat :) Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

laura charlie said...

I think you made a great decision if it makes him happy :-) I had no idea moles had such significance in some cultures - that's super interesting. #KCACOLS

Savannah Noe said...

Look at those cookies, absolutely adorable!
I had no clue that moles were so important to some, how absolutely fascinating! You learn something new every day haha. I'm so happy that you and your husband reasoned with each other, and decided to listen to your child. Far too often children feel ignored by their parents, and I think you made the best decision in the long run. I think a boost in self esteem and happiness is so much more important than potential fame and wealth (: #KCACOLS

Melanie said...

I think you made the right decision!! I also had moles I didn't care for. I had two on my neck and both were rather large -- they looked like a vampire bite. I BEGGED my mom to get them cut off. Just before I turned 14, we went to a dermatologist and they took care of it that day. No regrets!

Hena Tayeb said...

As long as they are happy right?
Love the translation of mole.. that should really make all people with moles feel happy.. lol..

Franca Desjardins said...

Oh Veronica, I always learn something new every time I read your blog. Who would have thought that moles could be so important in your culture. I think you guys have done the correct thing because now he is happy and that is the most important part! of all. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I absolutely love having you here. I would like to say that you are the most loyal linker that I have ever had. Thank you so much!! Hope to see you again on Sunday, :-) xx

Bridget (Bridie By The Sea) said...

I think it's great to get it taken off if it makes him happy. I love those cookies too! #KCACOLS

Suburban Mum said...

I think you did the right thing and went with your gut feeling. If it was making unhappy then why not have it removed. I completely understand about whole Chinese culture thing being Chinese myself. I also have a mole on my right eyebrow but it us never caused me any and problems and because of its position I don't think (luckily) it's that noticeable.

My cousin had a similar one reminded who news inbetween her eyebrows when she was a child and it didn't do her any harm.

Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and o hope to see you back again on Sunday x

mail4rosey said...

I'm happy he's feeling better! Sometimes a cosmetic thing can make a big difference!

alissa apel said...

I babysat a kid named Burtito. He was 1/2 puerto rican and 1/2 caucasian. He was made fun of. The name Burtito isn't common here. Kids would call him "burrito" the food dish. When he moved to a new state his mom let him legally change his name. Seems extreme, but the kids teasing him made him unhappy. His name is now Brandon.

My sister has moles on her face. She got some removed on her back, and the scars look worse than the moles did. Red head's have such sensitive skin. She didn't get the ones on her face removed; even though she'd like them gone. The scars may look awful on her.

I'm glad he got them removed. I think if someone feels a lack of confidence, and something can be done - take care of it. We have modern medicine for a reason. As far as the good fortune goes - the tiny scar is still there. He was born with the mole. Fortune knows that it was there.

Travis Neighbor Ward said...

Veronica, I love your article about his mole! Your reasoning is wonderfully entertaining. :)

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