What I miss most about my kids being small is their innocence. I miss them believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
I also love how, just like their favorite Disney films, they believed in ‘happily ever after” and that “dreams can come true.”
It is no different for two adorable toddlers from Kentucky.
Jax Rosebush pleaded with his mother to have his hair cut to match his black best friend. His hope was that their teacher would no longer be able to tell them apart.
Jax Rosebush, four, and Reddy Weldon, five, live in Louisville, Kentucky, and attend preschool together. Reddy was adopted with his older brother from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014 by local pastor Kevin Weldon and his wife Debbie.
Jax’s mom shared her son’s mischievous but utterly endearing request on Facebook, telling friends: ‘The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair.’
The BFF’s have since gone viral and, to Jax’s delight, now have matching haircuts.
In her original Facebook post, Lidia said: ‘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. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.’
She posted a photograph of the pair from Christmas time, adding: ‘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.’
Jax’s mom was swamped with messages from Facebook friends who were charmed by her son’s friendship with Reddy.
She later granted Jax’s request and took the boys to the salon to get ‘matching haircuts.’
‘It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn’t even notice that Reddy is a different color,’ she told KSLA.
‘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 adopted father Pastor Weldon was equally as touched by Jax’s haircut request.
‘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.
Pastor Weldon adopted Reddy and his older brother from the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago.
The boys were among hundreds who became stuck in the country when its president put a temporary freeze on exit letters.
This was after the adoption was finalized.
Pastor Weldon and his wife Debbie desperately appealed to the then president Barack Obama and actress and activist Angelina Jolie to step in.
‘Please help our kids come home! My children are stuck in Congo and they are asking for your help!’ she said.
The Weldons were eventually able to bring their sons to the U.S in December 2014.