|Showing off one of his cool new dance moves.|
I blew an adorable little girl's mind today... Twice! While waiting for Daniel's dance class to start, we three had the following conversation:
Girl: Is that your aunt?
Daniel: Noooo! That's my mom!
Girl: But she's white, and you're black! What! ?
Me: Daniel, explain to her why we don't look alike.
Daniel: Um... Cause I'm Ethiopian!
Me: He was born in Ethiopia, and we adopted him, and his sister.
Girl: What!? You adopted a brown kid! They didn't have any white children!? What?!! Where's his real mom!?
Me (laughing) That's not how it works. Daniel looks like his Ethiopian family. I am his real mom.
Girl: But what happened!!!?
Me: Well, his Ethiopian family couldn't take care of him, so we adopted him.
Girl: But where's his mom and dad!? What do they do?
Me: Daniel, tell her about your father.
Daniel: He's a farmer!
Girl: Oh, that explains it. And his mom?
Me: His first mother is dead.
Girl: She's dead!? Your mom is DEAD!?
Daniel: (shrug), yeah
By this time every adult in the room has turned to listen and has glistening eyes. I make a joke with the girl about how I've blown her mind with all this new information, and compliment her questions.
I can't stop smiling. Adoption 101. Everyone gets an A. ;))