As you know, this week was my first week of my junior year of university. And up until Wednesday, it was wonderful. However, Wednesday afternoon I got a call from dad. This call was regarding a cousin of mine, Emily, who is two years younger. This Fall she was beginning her first year of university. My dad wasn't calling to tell me how she was doing. He was calling to tell me that she had unfortunately committed suicide. In a short letter she left, she talked briefly about how her new classmates taunted, teased and whispered about how terrible her appearance was.
Emily was born with a birthmark that covered her right cheek and eye. She was often very self conscious about this, because she was teased as a child and teenager. These college students pushed her over the edge, and she killed herself because they made her feel like she was the scum of the Earth.
Emily is beautiful, inside and out. She is smart, ambitious and creative. These people who made her feel like she wasn't beautiful, smart, ambitious or creative are only beautiful on the outside. They make me sick, and I hope this incident weighs on them so heavily that it forces them to look at life and beauty differently. So that way, other girls and even boys aren't hurt by their words.
All of this has inspired me to do Beauty Week on MDM. That way to remind everyone how beautiful they really are. During this week, I would love to include a day of confessionals, where people who have been treated the way Emily was can tell their story. I have quite a few other ideas for Beauty Week, but I would love to hear ideas from the readers. So give me some of your ideas in comments below. Help me make this week memorable!
May you rest in peace sweet Emily.