The Lawlar Crew has been discussing a big word lately... Transracial.
Over dinner we have been talking to the kids about what "transracial" means. Personally I'm not a big fan of the word but have not told them that. The dictionary meaning is Involving two or more races. I truly wish I could tell my kids that we live in a world that is not discriminatory of the color of ones skin, that when we talk about race we are talking about the human race not sub-races within the human race. Unfortunately that is not the case.
We have approached the kids with a few questions at the dinner table.
1. You guys do realize that people might say mean things about little sister?
2. People might say means things about Dad and Mom
3. People might say mean things about you.
We have always raised our children to understand that no matter the color of skin, fat, thin, short or tall, no matter what country you hail from, no matter how much money your family has, people are people and deserve our kindness and respect.
The kids asked "Well what kind of mean things?" Hmmm...
Rusty and I- "Well guys, people might say mean things because little sister will have a different color skin than we do."
The Kids- "That is not a reason to say mean things."
Rusty and I- "Very true, but how are you going to handle someone saying mean things about sister or us because we might not look the same?"
Riley- "Nobody looks the same, everyone looks a little different from one another."
Breckon- "They can say mean things about me, I don't care, but they better not say mean things about my sister. They will have to deal with me if they do."
Maddox- "Yeah, me too, they better not say mean things about her."
Oh little girl, you are going to be so fiercely protected and loved. You have a Mom that will tell you it is perfectly fine to rock a tutu on the soccer field, a sister who will tell you all about Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and many other influential women, a Daddy who will tell you that there is no reason for you to change your last name when you get married...make your husband become a Lawlar, and two brothers that will hover over you guarding your feelings and protecting you from anyone or thing they see as a threat.
You will be raised to be a strong, independent, free thinker who will not let a stigma of what society deems to be a proper family get you down because we will be right there beside you fighting for your success.