Thank you Pablo. But it’s not so very brave- to point out the obvious. To me it’s wrong. I have many friends — a rainbow of friends. And as a grandmother — I am friends with other Old. White. Women. some whose grandchildren are a most wonderful gift of mixed heritage/race. Because that is the way we fix this mess I think. When we all hold a child who is our flesh and blood and look across at his other set of grandparents and call them family. When our children’s children LOVE across racial lines. Then — maybe people will get it. Human Race. And the children will lead us…profoundly.
Not divided by the color of our skin or the amount of money in our bank account. No judgements based on who we love or our country of origin. Just Love.
I am second generation American. My mother learned Italian before she knew English. My grandmother never learned English. Neither of my grandparents were ever natuarlized. It just wasn’t ‘done’ back then. You came — they put you to work. You were American. Done. You were a W.O.P. = With Out Papers.
Life teaches us many things. We must try to remember the lessons. Even the ones She taught us as a small child — listening to the stories of my mother’s and grandparent’s disenfranchisement by ‘Real’ Americans.
I have never forgotten that my grandparents were born in a different country. And would today be considered illegal. My Scottish father’s genes won the day and my exterior looks are simply a fluke of my parent’s DNA.
What truly matters is who I am on the inside. The choices I make. The story I tell myself about My Life. And if when I’m given a chance to give witness and support justice — do I embrace it? Or do I turn away?
My favorite quote is this: “Well behaved women seldom make history” — Laura Thatcher Ulrich.
Perhaps its more that. I’m not so brave — I’m just not so well behaved. :)
Thank you Pablo so very much for reading and your wonderful response. To say it made my day would be a considerable understatement. :)
May you always be seen as the most lovely Human you are. May we all be. ❤