Sunday, September 12, 2010

What are you?

My daughter had a soccer game today and there are a few new players. I was introducing myself to some of the new mom's and welcoming them to the team. You know, just trying to be hospitable and all. Anyway, as I was shaking one particular mom's hand and telling her my name, my daughter's name...etc, she pulled me into her just a bit, looked me in the eyes and said, "What are you?"

Any of you confused? Well, I wasn't because it's about the millionth time in my life I have been asked that question. I've always thought it was kind of an odd question, and as a child the first time someone asked me that I was totally caught off guard. I've become fairly creative over the years on how I choose to answer that particular question. I mean, other than having my ethnicity tatooed across my forehead, I've had to think of some way to "explain myself" to the curious.

Fortunately for me, I was raised in a family where my amother was black and my adad was white. That is one positive thing I can most definitely say about my placement. I didn't stand out like a sore thumb amongst the rest of my family. As a matter of fact, I have been told on many occasions that I look "just like my sister" or my brother and I could "practically be twins".

Crazy! The random people that I come into contact with in my day to day life wondering what I am...well, I have an easy response for them. But do you feel about that very same question? If you were asked, "What are you?", what would your answer be?


  1. I'd be so tempted to make many answers, most of them impolite which doesn't help sometimes.People are so rude!

  2. I will never understand people that are so ignorant that they don't respect another. It is not as if mixed race children are all that uncommon. Geez - what is wrong with a grown up that they would ask such a stupid question?

    But then, when I first contacted my daughter's posted contact number, her mother in law at the time asked me what race she was....ignorance, irritating and worse.

  3. oh my word... I can't believe that... well I can, but some people... oh my! It's crazy how much A looks like you in that pic!

  4. Good grief. "People never cease to amaze me." Is that one of your sayings?