My daughter, about age 2, going on 3 was sitting in the grocery cart when an African American lady pulled in the queue after us. It was at this exact moment that my daughter made the realization that some people are black and some people aren’t…oh boy. She says to the lady, “Hey!” The lady said, “Yes…” My daughter looks at her very critically, head cocked to one side and said, “You’re black, aren’t you?” I was praying at this point that the conversation would end and SOON…the lady said, “Yes, I am.” Most kids at this point would say, “Oh, okay.” But not my daughter. She says, “Do you like it?” Luckily the lady had a good sense of humor and said, “Usually.” I could have died! 09-06-08
What was there to be ashamed or embarrased about? Children at that age have a view of their world that is uncluttered with politics and stereotypes. Out of the abundance of curiousity, their little mouths pop forth with all kinds of interesting queries. It was an endearing moment which was handled well.