The BBC children's channel CBeebies interviewed a group of young children paired up with their friends and asked them, “What makes you two different from each other?”
They pondered, looked at their besties and answered. But they didn’t respond quite like you’d expect…
“I used to not like lettuce but now I like lettuce,” confessed one little boy before the little girl he stood next to responded, “I do not like lettuce, at all.”
“Lucy loves tomato sauce,” said another little girl, “and I, I do like it but I don’t like love it as much as Lucy.”
“I have smaller toes than Artie,” said one young boy.
“Adiel likes goujons and chips and I like sushi,” said one girl before Adiel chimed in, “And they’re different!”
“She never stops talking,” said one boy about his friend.
And then two dancing besties said, “We’ve got different hair.”
Now, if you've watched the video, you'll notice the most interesting part of it all: the kids didn’t highlight the fact that their skin colour differed, or that one was a girl and the other a boy. Or that Adiel has Down syndrome and another girl was in a wheelchair.
In fact, Matthew and his friend, both bespectacled and dressed exactly the same, spent the duration of the video trying to figure out how they were different to one another, because it didn’t occur, or maybe it didn’t matter to them, that they didn’t have the same skin colour.
And remember when, earlier this year, best friends Jax and Reddy attempted to confuse their teacher by having the same haircut?
Jax’s mom, Lydia, wrote in a Facebook post that she'd told her son he needed to get a haircut and Jax asked her to shave it really short so he could look like his friend Reddy.
She wrote, “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.”
Read the full post below and check out the uncanny resemblance:
Similarly, best friends Jia and Zuri made the assertion that no matter what anybody says, they’re sisters – they’re twins.
Zuri’s sister explained what had happened in a Twitter post and told Buzzfeed that Jia started crying when one of the girls at school told her she can’t possibly be Zuri’s sister because they don’t have the same skin colour. But Jia responded, in tears and all, “We are twins because we have the same birthday!”
And the girls later elaborated, “And we share the same soul.”
My sister and her bestfriend think that they’re twins because they have the same birthday and this was the outcome.. pic.twitter.com/x1dCZmIip3— la loba (@vickto_willy) November 5, 2017
They share the same soul – what a wonderfully mature and powerful sentiment for a 4-year-old!
After watching these kids and reading their stories, we can’t help but think we’d all be a little better off if we embraced one another and saw our differences the way our kids do.
Because we might even find we'd get along and we're more alike than we think.
Have your kids innoncently ever taught you a thing or two about difference and acceptance? Tell us by commenting below or email us at email@example.com. We may just publish your stories.
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