To express her love and solidarity with her son, a mom made a perfect replica of his birthmark painted on her face – so she could walk in his shoes for a day.
When Carolina Giraldelli gave birth to her son Enzo, she was surprised to see the horrified looks of the doctors who delivered her baby. She wondered if it was just dirt she saw on Enzo’s face until the frightened looks on the hospital staff’s faces remained.At that moment, she knew that something else was going on. Shortly after, the doctors informed her and her husband that Enzo had “Congenital Melanocytic Nevi,” which causes patches of skin to look darker.
Then and there, Carolina embraced her son’s uniqueness. Even though they knew he would face many challenges in the future because of his looks, they stood firm by his side and were there for him every step of the way. Of course, everyone they meet has to get used to the fact that Enzo’s face looks different from everyone else’s. However, for Carolina and her husband, from the day he was born, they decided to accept the condition he was born in and not try to hide it in any way.
To them, Enzo was beautiful just the way he was. Still, little Enzo’s mother admits it has been challenging for her son to see “sympathetic, contemptuous, fearful and sometimes disgusting looks” from everyone around her. She couldn’t help noticing the wandering eyes in the street, which were often too much for her to bear.
Carolina and her husband never made Enzo feel different, and they treated him normally because that’s exactly what he was: normal. Moreover, Carolina loved Enzo’s birthmark, and she tried her best to show him that he was no different from anybody else.
When she got home and saw Enzo, the reaction on his face was one that Carolina will never forget.
So one day, the mother decided to surprise Enzo and recreate his birthmark on her face. She hired a professional makeup artist to work on her face, and she wore the birthmark the entire day while running errands around town and even to work.
Carolina felt beautiful when the makeup was finished. She had already embraced her son’s birthmark – and loves it even – so she wanted to experience it for herself, even if just for a moment.
The proud mom wore the birthmark loud and proud on her face close to Mother’s Day to celebrate the very person that allows her to experience the special day. When she got home and saw Enzo, the reaction on his face was one that Carolina would never forget. Describing the moment, she said:
“When I got home, Enzo’s reaction was complete joy – even though he did not completely understand.”
Enzo and Carolina took as many pictures as possible that day and had a lot of fun together. When it came time for work, Carolina admitted that many people saw her differently, but she remained calm as she was only proud of her young son Enzo. The proud mum wore her makeup on until she went to bed that day, but has stayed with her ever since when she had that mark on her face – a sense of love and pride for her beautiful son Enzo .
“I believe countless mothers had these same feelings when they saw the picture with my son.”
Respecting moms who would go to the ends of the world for their children!