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  •  Oh Shanikka, why do you make me look (15+ / 0-)

    At these faces? Remind me of my worst fears that I try not to even acknowledge?

    Today my daughter had a really good talk with her not-cousin, my godson, about their perspectives on meeting their birth families. He is bright, sensitive and insightful, and has been a great support to my girl recently. They're both in middle school, and although they've been friends since infancy this is the start of a more mature way of relating.

    He is no longer the cute little boy I carried on my hip...he's 5'9". 180 pounds. Faster than greased lightning ( when we had trouble finding an open restroom this summer in Central Park, his moms sent him on an urgent sprint mission and he was back before he left :). And, by the way, black. And that last item endangers his life in this crazy, cruel nation.

    We cut the hoods off his hoodies last spring. But there's going to be loud music and sass...he's a boy child. Some days I can't bear that I live in a society in which he is at risk of violence from folks who see only the color of his skin.

    Parent. Entrepreneur. Cancer patient. Moose tracker.

    by PhoenixRising on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:48:01 PM PST

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