Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Blonde

Over the weekend, The Mayor studied the photos in the newspaper's sports section.

"How can this be, Mama?" he asked pointing to a photo of a quarterback.

"What, Mayor?  How can what be?" I asked looking at the picture.

"How can the skin on his throwing arm be brown and the skin on his other arm be blonde?"

A trick of the light made The Mayor think the quarterback was somehow bi-racial, literally, that one half of him was black and the other half white.

Admittedly, the photo did kind of look that way.

I pointed to the picture.

"One of his arms is hidden in shadow and the other arm is extended in sunlight."

I smiled thinking about The Mayor's choice of words, the way he used brown and blonde to describe skin color the same way he would talk about the color of hair. 

Next time I'm asked to check a box to indicate my race, I'm going tick "other" and write,

"Blonde."





25 comments:

Whit said...

I have blond arms, but I'm pretty hairy.

flutter said...

I will skip the obligatory carpet/drapes thing....

Childsplayx2 said...

I would say you're blonde because you definitely seem to have more fun.

carrie said...

Oh, me too.

JCK said...

Too cute.

Patois said...

So astute, that lad of yours. And I do love how they discern the skin tones at this age.

My color is going to have to be spotted, though. Freckles, wouldn't you know.

John Ross said...

brown & blonde- good eay to think of it.. nice photo by the way, looking very...aware, an "I can see you" kinda gaze there.

Vodka Mom said...

blonde. for sure. (love the story.....)

Stephanie said...

Great story! My son used to describe people as brown skinned and pink skinned. And I loved that it was descriptor in either direction even though we happen to be "blonde". "Mom, you know that pink teacher....?" I always loved that! Go Mayor!

(Thanks for encouraging me to de-lurk!)

WILLIAM said...

Fromt he movie Cry Freedom about Steven Biko

Why do you even call yourself black," asks the judge, "when you're more brown than black?"

Biko responds: "Why do you call yourself white - you're more pink than white.

Patience said...

Why do we have to acknowledge our race on forms anyway. I think next time I'll just put "human".

EmmaK said...

I sometimes write 'alien' in the box when they ask for race because its true, I am English and really am a (legal) alien here at present lol

furiousBall said...

haha, that was great. i'm going to bleach my back hair in your honor tonight

motherbumper said...

damn, flutter bet me to it but at least she did it in good taste.

I'm totally ticking blonde next chance I get.

Biddy said...

i so love the way kids word things!

of course, my arms are brown and my legs (that are crying out for sunlight) are more on the blonde side!

Ben and Bennie said...

I have a good friend (remarkably you and she look alike) whose children were born in South Africa. While her kids are "blonde", while filling out forms for them, she always checks African American.

BTW, two blonds walk into a building. You'd think one of 'em would've seen it.

Kyla said...

KayTar says chocolate and vanilla, I love it.

cce said...

I like it- blond and brown, mostly because it lacks all the racial inferences that "black" and "white" have come to represent.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

My son insists on "brown skinned" people. He says that no one is actually black.

But I love blonde and brown -

Magpie said...

So blonde.

Crazed Mom said...

Your children are so wise in their young ways and you tell us all so well with your writing.

Gosh I think I'll have to go with speckled for my next questionnaire. :)

QT said...

You look lovely as always, dear heart.

And yes, flutter beat me to it....

apathy lounge said...

For years my youngest son referred to white lights (or anything that was white/beige)as "vanilla". So, white Christmas lights on a house were referred to as "those vanilla lights".

Anissa Mayhew said...

Husband was giddy when we met some NFL players, trying to get a picture of daughter with one of them. She ran from him and whispered in my ear "I didn't want that big brown boy to hold me. He's too tall."

Mandy said...

I had to de-lurk for this one. My kids are biracial and they also use the brown, peach and even beige to describe people. My niece, who is blonde haired, blue eyed and my youngest are only 5 days apart in age. She asked my sister a few days ago if she came to live with Aunt DeeDee for a long long time, would she be brown. Kids say the darndest things. Thank the mayor for making my day!