#GrowingUpGinger
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#GrowingUpGinger

If you are blessed with the hair, you know what I'm talking about.

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#GrowingUpGinger
McKenna Whan

I am a redhead. In the past twenty years of my life, my hair has been commented on more than any physical feature on my body. To be fair, it does draw a lot of attention and I'm definitely not ashamed by any means. I take pride in my hair color and honestly cannot imagine myself with any other color (mainly because my dad refuses to let me dye it). While I adore my hair, there are some...interesting things that go along with our population.

Only having about three people to dress up for Halloween

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F12%2F13%2F636172612029917614-1682109933_Ron-Weasley-GIFs-ronald-weasley-23648570-500-205.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=501&h=2ea3d7043b721f43d034114b9e9709f5a9a525da1eb09938ece4f67568c044fc&size=980x&c=3419041196 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F12%252F13%252F636172612029917614-1682109933_Ron-Weasley-GIFs-ronald-weasley-23648570-500-205.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D501%26h%3D2ea3d7043b721f43d034114b9e9709f5a9a525da1eb09938ece4f67568c044fc%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3419041196%22%7D" expand=1]Mom, it's fine. I can go as Ron Weasley for the sixteenth time; no one cares.

People constantly ask where you got your hair done

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"Do you have a soul?"

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When you go to the beach and don't get sunburnt

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Accepting that you will never be able to date Ed Sheeran because everyone would think you are brother and sister

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I still love you Ed.

You had endless amount of nicknames

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Realizing there is a Ginger Pride Walk

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Every old person you meet compliments you on your hair

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Your friends always want to connect your freckles

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Please get your pen off my beautiful pale skin.

Being extremely proud that you are only 2% of the world's population

Don't be afraid to show the best part of yourself!

So here's to my fellow gingers! May we all unite and stand proud of our beautiful hair.

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