February 21, 2013

Leave it to children to ask the most profound questions from the back of the car while Mom is driving in bumper to bumper, late afternoon traffic.

Henry:  Mommy, am I white?

Me:  (long pause while I gather my thoughts and line up the right words)  Well, Henry, you are actually kind of beige and pink.  But it doesn't really matter what color your skin is.  Colors don't tell you anything about the inside of a person--and that's the part that matters.  So white, beige, pink---none of that is important.

Henry:  What?    Am I white?

Me:  (deep breath)  Well see, people aren't really white or black but their skin can be all different colors in between and everyone's color is perfect for them.

Henry:  No.   I mean am I white in swim lessons...is white my color wristband?  You know, for being a Starfish.

Me:   Yes, Henry.   You are white.

Ahh,  driving after bedtime.  Now that's more like it.


  1. Love it. But even more, where do you live that t-shirts in February are ok? It was -36C with the wind chill (not sure what that is in degrees F) today. Brrrr

    1. Just thought that though I'm not Lara, we've been in t-shirts and shorts since the beginning of February...in Houston, Texas. The temps have fluctuated greatly...one week in the high 70s/low 80s and then the next mid 40s, but I've actually run my central a/c already a few times!!

    2. This made me smile Lara! FWIW Tate asked me about 2 months ago if he was brown; I simply said yes. He said "you're brown too, right Mommy?" And I again said yes and that brown was beautiful. Just to let you know I think it's ok for our kids to notice our differences :)

  2. I'm laughing out loud at my desk. Thanks for the Friday Laugh Lara.

    Have a great weekend and hug those gorgeous boys for me. xo