Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Where EVERY Month is Black History Month!
Since most of you are already familiar with my six-year-old son Jalen, let's just jump right in. As always, these are abbreviated recent transcripts of my actual conversations with him:
Jalen: "Did Jackie Robinson play in the [pronounced] 'NIGH-gro Leagues', Dad?"
Me: "It's pronounced 'NEE-gro', J. And, yes, he played in the Negro Leagues."
Jalen: "I don't like [a certain little boy from school]."
Me: "Why not?"
Jalen: "Because, he's from [a certain foreign country] and people from [a certain foreign country] smell bad."
Me: It's gonna be hot today, J. Be careful and drink lots of water if you're playing outside.
Jalen: Me and mommy don't have to be careful outside when it's hot because we're dark-skinned. YOU have to be careful because you're light-skinned, right?
Jalen: "Will you play baseball with me even when you're old?"
Me: "I'll play baseball with you as long as my body allows it."
Jalen: "Even when you're 60?"
Me: "If I can still go...sure."
Jalen: "Maybe you'll be like Grandma and have a young face and an old body."
Jalen: "Was Grandma a slave?"
Me: [Head explodes.]