So, we are in the grocery store on Sunday. The kids love to wave to other children in the cart and I have always encouraged them to say, Hello! to others and be polite and sociable. It is good for them.
Today there was an adorable little girl in the cart next to us. I had to stop to pick up some spinach and it happened to be right next to this lovely little girl in the cart next to us.
To give you perspective of the story my family is Caucasian and this family was black. (I hesitate to use the term African-American cause I don’t know from where they decended could have been European, Haitian, Africa, Jamaican, Caribbean) My children have seen many people from all nationalities that were different from them but have never said anything about the difference and I personally don’t bring attention to the differences because we are all people and I want them to grow with that same respect towards others.
Well, on this day they noticed our unique differences. My son said, Mommy, WOW those people are brown. You cannot imagine my reaction. I was blushing so Red, I felt the heat radiating from my face. Part of me wanted to run away and crawl under a rock and the other part of me wanted to just pretend nothing was said but he said it loud enough to be heard. I felt my heart begin to palpitate and I just said calmly while still in the same place. “Yes, son that is true but God made everyone in this world different so this world would be a much more beautiful place for us to live in.”
Thank goodness that was a good enough answer to keep him quiet. I think that I was more offended than the lovely lady at the cart beside me.
Kids no matter what notice our differences some of our differences are merely cosmetic and some are just on the inside and who we are as an individual. It is our job as a parent to mold them to accept our differences no matter how big or small they may be as something beautiful, wonderful and unique!
Kids, you gotta love them too for just how they are even if they embarrass the heck out of you in the process!