Friday, January 8, 2010

A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother......

Oh my gotta love her!  She always buys gifts for my husband that nobody would buy or would be "embarrassed" to buy.  It doesn't matter if it is for his birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, or whatever celebration it might be, she will find that "perfect" gift for Jamie!  The funny thing is when she purchases these gifts my Dad always asks her, "Are you sure that's appropriate?"  He thinks Jamie might get offended, when in actuality he loves the gifts because they make him laugh, especially since they are coming from my Mom!!! So that being said, one of the gifts he got this year from his lovely Mother n Law, was a book entitled "The Color of Water, a Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother."  I love it! I am going to read it too!!! (A New York Times Best Seller by the way). =)  Last year it was a book called, "Things White People Like." Truly one of the funniest and dead on books ever!   Then it was a "Soul Food Cookbook".....Oh how I could go on and on!!!  I love that my Mother, who is the sweetest woman on the planet always finds these "perfect" extra gifts to give to Jamie!  He can always count on that "special something" being added to his "pile" that will once again, year after year, continue to make him smile.  =)      

Saturday, January 2, 2010

White Bread Anyone?

Happy 2010 everyone! Hope your holidays were wonderful. Here's to a new and amazing year for everyone!

This Christmas my husband, daughter and I went to Oregon for the first time in 2 years to spend Christmas with my side of the family.  We had such a great time filled with laughter, tears, fun, late nights, and so much more!  My parents live in a town outside Portland and it's just beautiful.  Part of the days were spent at the lovely outdoor (COLD) mall shopping and seeing movies.  However, the funny thing that I noticed at the mall, standing in line for the movies, in the movies, at the grocery store, driving around, wherever we were...there were ONLY white people.  It was the weirdest thing!  I didn't pay much attention at first and then once I noticed this I kept looking around and every where we went, low and behold....only white people!  It's funny because my husband needed to go to the grocery store and he made the comment that we needed to go out so "he could put some color in the town."  I laughed and said, "Yeah right!"  Well he WAS right!  I mean not ONE black person to be seen!  Not one.  Coming from California and So Cal at that, this is amazing to me.  We live in the biggest melting pot and have a rainbow of people around us every single day.  To not see anyone that even resembles my child and hubby was just bizarre. You forget how different it can be.  My Sister even made the comment that when she was reading the local paper there were no pictures of any black people either!  Apparently I'm not the only one to notice these things or maybe I've just ingrained it into every one's brain. =)  To some this might not be so weird, but to me I can't even imagine not living around a rainbow of people.  Mind you the town is beautiful and my husband and daughter didn't get treated any different than anyone else, it was just strange.  My husband already sticks out as it is because he is a big, tall guy, so you can imagine in a sea of white people...HELLO...stick out, sore thumb, him!!!  =)  Needless to say we always have a wonderful time with the fam, but it's great to be back to our "wheat bread."  There's no place like home sweet home!