I was tagged by Erin for the Anti-Racist parent meme. Here goes:
1. I am:
Irish, German, Austrian
2. My kid(s) are:
Lily- Irish, German, Austrian, Scottish
3. I first started thinking more about race, culture and identity when:
I’m unsure of my age, but I was just tall enough to be rummaging through the “junk drawer” in the kitchen. My mom was nearby in the sewing room, and I was questioning her on how some people speak other languages. (This came from watching the Electric Company). I couldn’t wrap my brain around the idea that humans, who are all basically the same physically, create different words for the same thing.
Obviously I’m paraphrasing Granny, but what stuck with me was this idea: people have different ways of living, and different neighbors. This can change the way they talk about things.
4. People think my name is:
Hard to pronounce and French. “Manogue” is completely Irish, but only those straight from Ireland seem to recognize this.
5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
Enthusiasm about learning and trying new things
6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
Teasing, mocking, purposely embarrassing. (this is a favorite activity of my husband’s siblings)
7. My child’s first word in English was:
Lily: “please?” (puh-weeese?)
Dawit: “uh-oh”, and shortly after that “unicorn” (woornicorn)
8. My child’s first non-English word was:
Don’t know…the first thing we heard him say was “Eshi” (ok, yes)
9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
“na”–come, “tolo”–quickly (Amharic)
“salud” (Spanish, when someone sneezes)
10. One thing I love about being a parent is:
Seeing the magic of the world through different sets of eyes. It’s never dull!
11. One thing I hate about being a parent is:
When I don’t love every minute of being a parent, I feel a bit guilty.
12. To me, being an anti-racist parent means:
Recognizing that people experience situations through their own lenses and filters. These experiences are shaped both by group culture and individual circumstance. Race is something we all think about, make judgment about, live with…I want to be consistently aware of my own attitude, what I pass on to my kids, and tuned into to how they may perceive a situation. Communication is key.
How about some anti-racist sister input? I’m tagging Suzy Q at Big Sis Diaries
and Kelsey at A Family of Ten (who’s off to college!)
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