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.