I tend not to idolize people that my daughter sees on TV. I can happily say that she hasn’t been asking for $200 Hannah Montana concert tickets.
She is so happy to meet other diabetic children, that when we see someone who is diabetic on TV, I tend to point it out, though usually matter-of-factly.
The other night she came to my room as I was flipping through channels. A feature about the Jonas Brothers was on E! and we happened to catch the segment where the family talked about Nick’s diagnosis. Though they only spent a few minutes on the topic, my daughter’s ears perked up. I reminded her that he wears the same exact pump that she does, which thrilled her.
It’s not that I want her to idolize him, but perhaps he can be a positive role model.
Not just for her.
But for all of her peers who may watch one of his videos and see that he is diabetic.
If the Nick Jonas is diabetic, then perhaps children won’t see my daughter as being somehow deficient.
When I pulled up his new video for the song Who I Am, my daughter fell to the floor, laying there lifeless.
I said, “Are you okay down there?”
She replied, “I saw Nick Jonas and fainted.”
Where in the heck do girls learn these things? She was only acting, perfectly fine.
As we watched the video she had me read the cards that each person held. Half way through as Nick flipped a card over, I said, “diabetic!” but then got choked up and had a hard time calling out the rest.
Why does that happen to me? I wonder if other d-moms teared up as they watched this video.
I don’t know if I cry from sadness or from optimism.
Or maybe that someday someone will love her for who she is.