Today was pretty low key, but encouraging. Outside of some potty struggles, the fever was not present and he was very sweet and jovial. We were also contacted twice, once from our main contact here and once from the Embassy, and both gave us optimistic reports concerning the potential for our interview going well on Wednesday.
We took a walk in the a.m. then after lunch headed over to the Country Club we have access to through our apartments. There is a playground area there were Katylynn and Moses had a blast. We also went swimming, and again both kids loved it.
It was while we were in the playground that it happened. I knew it would happen sometime. He was a 7 year old boy named Stallone (yup, that was his first name). He was a sweet little guy who was quick to introduce himself to me and ask me my kids name. After introducing Katylynn and Moses, he looked at Moses, then to me, then to Katylynn, back to Moses, then to me.
"Why is he brown and you are all white?"
I started to explain that we were adopting him, but he interrupted, "Is his mother brown?"
I started to explain again. He interrupted again, "Did you change his color?"
I took a different slant. I explained that his mom and dad who had him were not around anymore, and we were going to be his mom and dad now. He seemed to understand. I looked at his mom and shrugged. She said, "Very good lesson for my boy. Thank you, and God bless you for what you've done!"
Many have asked us if we have thought through the "race issue" as we adopt. The answer is yes, we have thought about it a lot, and we don't know what lies ahead, but it's worth any insult or obstacle we may face.
Some have called us "color blind". We are not color blind. We are quite aware of the amazing colors God has created on this earth. We just happen to love all those colors and would love to see them present in our family.
The fact is that the question, "Why is he brown and you all are white?" has likely been asked multiple times already, but just not to our faces. I'm sure it will be asked again. I doubt every time the response will be, "God bless you for what you've done!"
To say we don't care would be incorrect. I think we care deeply.
I think the correct thing to say is that we refuse to let skin tone deter us from seeking to live out God's call to look after his children.