19 Sep 2011, 12:30pm
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  • Of Food and Love: Are you black?

    My son came home from school on Friday with a piece of paper.  A self portrait.  He proudly laid it on the table and said, “that’s me, mom, that’s me.  I’m black.”  Then he smiled and went to play in his room.  That was all.  So nonchalant.

    It might not have been a big deal for him, but it was for me.  It was a beautiful moment in my life as a mother and a woman of slight color…I say, “slight” because I’m mixed.
    My life as a young, mixed kid was confusing, to say the least.  I grew up in a small town where almost everyone was white, wore Wranglers, big belt buckles and owned a truck and a horse.  All my friends were white and for all intents and purposes, so was I.  I was white, until some kid reminded me, most cruelly, that I was not.  I was an “ugly, black bullfrog”.  *pop*  Bubble burst and reality hit.  I wasn’t white, I was brown.  Not only was I brown, but I had puffy hair and big brows…white girls didn’t.

    I won’t go through all of my struggles as a brown girl in a white girl’s world.  Waste of time.

    Now, thank goodness, my mind is in a different place.  And my son is light years ahead of where I was at his age and I couldn’t be happier.  Skin is just a color to him, not a measure of a man’s worth.  He refers to black people as “chocolate people”.  His grandpa and great-grandpa are chocolate men.  He loves them dearly, too.  For my little boy to show such a self-awareness with confidence speaks worlds and volumes to me.  I was completely inspired by him.

    Handsome little brown boy in a cruel world.  But this handsome little brown boy is brimming with confidence.  Much more than I had.

    He is adorable and so is his picture ;) And hes right anyway, color is just a color!

    19 Sep 2011, 1:06pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Thank you, Courtney. My son is such an inspiration to me. I couldn’t believe what he drew and that this it how he saw himself. I’m so, so proud of him.

    I love the fact that my wonderful grandson appreciates chocolate! Go Cylas!

    14 Oct 2011, 8:47pm
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    And how he loves you, dad!

     

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