On my way to work on Wednesday, I saw this cute boy bathing naked in front of a house. He had a very big belly button. And all I could think of was how many nicknames his friends, neighbors and even family members must have given him because of that.
Fun Fact: I had a HUGE belly button as a child.
I know I was tormented with a number of names and songs as a child because of this. One of the songs, I remember well was sung for me back then is in Yoruba, but I’ll try my best in translating it.
“Wole wole nbo lo la
Ise ki lo n bo wase?
Ise fadodo fadodo
Olorun seun iya mi o bimi lonidodo
Idodo fuke fuke
Government officials would be making their rounds tomorrow
To do what?
To cut off big navels
Thank God my mama didn’t born me with big navel
Big bent navel
Extra large navel…
Oh my gosh! How that song tormented me *covers face*
Luckily for me though, I’ve always had a sharp mouth and a somewhat nonchalant attitude, so this insecurity didn’t affect me that much. Besides, my surrogate dad did an amazing job in helping me build up my self-esteem. He told me I was beautiful countless times and taught me how to laugh over the plenty names and songs.
There is a myth that says a person with big belly button can get the size reduced by rubbing a coin over it and giving the coin to a pregnant woman. That way, you transfer your big navel to the woman’s unborn child.
Did I try it? You bet!
It was a huge surprise when I noticed one morning in the bathroom that my navel was no longer big. In fact, it had so folded inwards I had to rack my brain to be sure it was once big.
Now, I could go to Google to search for the scientific or biological explanation for how the ‘idodo gbangbaa’ disappeared but what’s the fun in that right?
I’d rather have you my dear reader(s) share whatever explanation or any other myth you know about how my big belly button “disappeared”
P.S: Did you have any insecurity as a child? Is it still there? What names were you called? Did they sing you crazy song(s)? How did you deal with it?