Monday, January 28, 2008

She's So Funny!


A few months after Maya, Isaac, and Daniel joined our family, they spotted a picture we have of Stacey and Mariah. Elena and Chloe were explaining who they were, but were interrupted by Maya and Isaac's excitement: "She's Liberian!!" I had to explain that not all blacks are from Liberia. It was quite funny at the time, but tonight I realized they're still not so sure.
We went out to eat with my sister's family and all the kids were sitting together at one table, while the four adults and baby Lillian sat at a table across from theirs. I overheard Maya saying: "Look! They're Liberian!" (She was referring to a large black family that had just entered the restaurant.) I thought it was funny to find that six months later, she's still convinced that all blacks are Liberian (which basically means "African" in her mind - she knows no other Africa, but Liberia.)
So, a few minutes later, I'm escorting her to the bathroom and I'm noticing that everyone is looking at us. (I'm walking in front of Maya.) I figure it's because I'm a white mom with a black kid. No, as I turn around, I find that it's because she is galloping through the restaurant right behind me. When I get back to our table, I'm eager to relay my embarrassment to Kyle, Mike, and Jamie. Kyle starts laughing and corrects me: "No, they were giving you strange looks because Maya was waving and smiling at all of them, like she knew them."
She thought they were Liberian.

8 comments:

Nealy said...

She profiling and stereotyping! You know: All Texans ride horses, all Yankees are angry, all Eskimos live in igloos... It's going to take some time to help get her head around all this! Meanwhile, she wins Miss Congeniality every time. :)

teambettendorf said...

Why didn't you go up to them and ask if they knew where they descended from? I would totally do that!

Jeff said...

Too Funny! :)

Ginger said...

Mom, are you insinuating that all yankees aren't angry??
And you're right, she will always be my Miss Congeniality!

Angela said...

Too cute! :)

God bless...Angela

Wooddells said...

She cracks me up. You could explain to her that their ancestors may have been from Liberia, but they are several generations removed. Most don't even know where they descended from.
Regardless, it's cute just the same.

Wooddells said...

FYI - The link to Stacy and Mariah doesn't work.

Ginger said...

Thanks for the heads up, Jamie. Fixed it.