I try to be the kind of parent that thinks ahead. I want my daughter to feel special and unique but I also want to give her a cozy place to hide, should she ever have days where she’d like to just blend in.
We have many gay friends with kids. Always have. This wasn’t really anything that ever appealed to Yegs but I think it’s important. And now I’ve taken interest in an adoption playground where all the kids are transracial. There are two different groups, actually. One is at the home of a friend once a month and we know most of the families. Most are gay. 2 birds with 1 stone, huh? But the other is a facebook group I found thru a fellow blogger and they meet every week.
It matters most to me that my daughter see other children with dark skin. It matters second that she know other children who are adopted. The gay thing falls last but that’s because it’s the easiest.
We live in a pretty diverse neighborhood. Lots of blended families and even a large home of refugees from Somalia. One day, on one of our walks, we met a grandma with three grandkids who come to play often. We finished our walk with them – Glory following their every footstep. And the next day they were waiting in the front yard when we got home.
They’re cousins ages 7, 5 & 3. They all have fantastic names like Janaya, Travell & Jaslyne. Glory loves them. She loves that their hair is the same is hers. She touches it the same way that people always touch her hair. And they love that she looks like them – except with long hair. 🙂
I suppose it just matters that she is surrounded by all kinds of beauty. I suppose 5 different playgroups are far less beneficial than 1 that she soaks her up through and through.