I said if you’re thinkin’ of
being my brother
it don’t matter if you’re
Black Or White
I took this photo of my older son with his classmates; Austrians, Polnish, Nigerian and/or interracial. This was during their visit at the Schönbrunn zoo to which I went as a guardian along with other parents. I got along well with a Nigerian dad during the trip, aside from him I got lots of Nigerian friends; they are a bunch of the nicest people I know.
At one point, I boarded a bus along with my two boys and there stood a kid with her mom. (I can’t be sure but judging from their features they must be from Western Europe.) We sat on the nearest spot by the door, which is just by the open area where the mom and the kid stood. The kid kept looking at us perhaps trying to figure out what our nationality is. Since both boys got their chinky eyes from their grandpa (from Singapore), they are mostly thought of as either Japanese or Chinese. The kid gestured slanting eyes. I ignored her and my kids not knowing what it meant didn’t bother. I don’t take offense for that. For once or twice; it’s fine but it got annoying…nice as I am I looked at the kid warily so she would get the message, I looked at the mom too but she was nonchalant – a perfect example of kids learning from their parents, if the mom think it ok then the kid will think there’s nothing wrong with what she’s doing. Well, it’s that or perhaps the mom doesn’t know what slanting eyes mean and that the kid herself has no idea. 🙁
My daughter’s closest friend is a 6-year-old who lives 15 minutes from us. I allow her to sleep over only at their place because I trust her parents 100%. Her mom is Austrian and her dad is Pinoy (which people find amusing as it’s usually an Austrian dad-Pinoy mom tandem)…I don’t easily trust but her dad is one of, if not the most, trustworthy dads out there.
I think I taught my kids the lesson well when I decided to live a multicultural life.