You never know what they will say and now that dd#1 is in school (in Texas suburbia) I am ever vigilant for certain comments she may pick up from other kids. So, yesterday, she and her sister are coloring and K (oldest) tells me she needs a "skin color", picks what she calls a "light tan" and says "this is the best one for skin color." "What do you mean?" I say. "It's the prettiest one for skin color, mom". Aarrgh, I think, here it comes. "You know there are lots of different skin colors, different tans and browns, right?" "Yea, I know mom, but this is the best." Mom keeps trying. "Well, Ms. J (a beloved teacher) has brown skin and you think her skin is pretty, right?" "Of COOOUUURRRSE" she says (insert almost 6 year old "duh" tone here). Clearly she wants me to quit asking silly questions and let her color. But, of course, I persist: "Then why is that color the best?" and I point at the light tan crayon she has picked out. "BeCAUSE mom, it's the only skin color crayon we have that's got the GLITTER in it" (You know how they sell some crayons that have glitter added to them, those are my kids' favs. Guess I need to invest in some more because silly old mom did NOT clue in! Needless to say, I finally let the poor kid alone )
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03-18-2008, 12:33 PM #1
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03-18-2008, 03:19 PM #2lleva99Registered Userhas no status.
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That's so funny! Isn't it great how we always go into teaching mode? I totally would've done the same thing! Too cute, I too believe that light tan with glitter is a wonderful skin color!me 29 dh 34
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03-25-2008, 02:42 AM #4DawnLRegistered User Over 5,000 Posthas no status.
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That's hilarious. Daphne has colored the majority of her people in pictures brown for a long time. I looked forever for the pack of Crayola crayons that was made up entirely of skin colors. My neighbor knew I was looking for it, and found it at the University bookstore. Of course, I found it the next week at Target. It wasn't in the arts and crafts section with the other crayons. It was in the color books section, with all the little boxes of crayons.
Daphne would love glitter crayons, too, so I can totally see that happening here. LOLDawnL Jim 21 wonderful years!
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03-26-2008, 09:59 AM #5
Ok, Dawn, thanks for the tip, I'll look for the skin tone ones (I LOVE Target) and you can find the glitter ones mixed in with the "big pack" crayolas, LOL. I have never seen them in a separate pack. Our glitter ones are the ones that disappeared the quickest. Big hit around here.
03-26-2008, 10:08 AM #6
A follow up funny. Today my Kennedy (oldest, the "glitter girl") is home "sick" (but not very). She is not very "appearance conscious" at all so she has not noticed much in the way of "difference" in people until lately. She loves all the boy toys and has a deeper voice too (like her bmoms). So, of course, this is the area where she gets some teasing and such. Anyway, she asked "mom, do I sound like a boy" (she asks this alot). No, hon, you sound like you. But I think I sound like a boy to ME mom. Well, yr voice IS a little deeper than some girls but there are also some boys who have higher voices like a girl, you know, it does not mean that you are a boy or that those boys are girls. Well, mom, how did you know when you first adopted me that I was a girl and not a boy? Well, um..... (let's just say we got into the P word here, 1st time she's really asked specifically about this topic, lol, although I did not go into how a LIGHT fixture can sometimes look like one!). Then she says--mom, there was a girl in my pre-k who was brown and that's a boy color...but she talked like a girl and liked girl things. I said, well boys OR girls can be brown, it is not a "boy" color at all when it comes to people's skin. Oh.... And, I say, remember Ms. J (her former AA teacher once again), she was brown and she was a girl, right? No...mom....oh, wait, YES, you are right she WAS brown, (giggle) I just forgot!
Wouldn't it be nice if we all "just forgot", LOL!
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