She crept up to me at 5 in the morning. "Maekamiganai", she whispered.
But it was not in pity. There were no traces of desperation. Her eyes were wet though...
She moved to play with her toys: a panda that when folded up gives birth to a baby, a doll with purple hair, and a duck called tsurutsuru. I fished for more thoughts. She wondered why her brothers hairline was symmetrical and hers was not. Why his is Asiatic and hers is European? Why she has a smaller skull size but asymmetrical hairline. The replied, "Chance, luck, or destiny."
She seemed happy with that. They both seem happy with their lot. It is true that people say they possess beauty, but we all do. Yet theirs may have a pull for calculated comment, both warm and cold.
I didn't mention my own sleepless nights because of my own widows peak. My mother had a large head and my father could sport a fine Mohican. I didn't explain how the widows peak is created through a suppression of a bilateral pair of periorbital fields. I didn't tell her that without this suppression, my hairline, my fathers hairline, and her hairline would run straight across her head.
Marilyn Monroe had a peak; Di Caprio has one, too. This might be good company. But I have read they are common in world of politics, and in the world of fiction a high number have the peak. Dracula, for one. Subconsciously I have always known this. And subconsciously my daughter knows there are few in the Disney fodder she digests.
Consciously, her discovery made me look back at those years of torment. Needless torment. When I irrationally hated everything, including the widows peak. I would have got the girl had it not been for that. My worries bothered my mother so much that - out of desperation - she once suggested I use a felt tip to colour-in hairless terrain. It wasn't a joke, neither!.
This story made her laugh. She has no complex, but has had concern. She has fewer templates to experiment with. More need to plan and set her hair. But she accepts all will be fine. She moves on. But she had better steel herself for future worlds - of teenage friends, and enemies.