For starters it is Martin Luther King Jr. day. No words that I could put down could reflect how important of a role that this man has and will play in the life of my child. He became the face of a movement that has allowed my beautiful little boy the same opportunities as other children who may have had white fathers. Thank you is not sufficient.
In addition, today was the second inauguration of President Obama. I refuse to get into politics, but what I will say is that this man has shown little boys like mine everywhere that you can do anything, even be President of the United States.
I wish I knew a way to more eloquently put the importance, but I fear my words will fail me. Instead I am borrowing from the words of my mother. She wrote the following passage in either late 2009 or early 2010. It was during this time that President Obama wished to address the children of this nation for the first time. There was some controversy. Ultimately, what I remember of it all was my mother's reflection on the circumstances. Here is what she said; entitled "Brown Eyed Child."
This morning I looked in the deep brown eyes of my grandson and told him that the president of the United States would be speaking to him by video today. In the enthusiasm that only a kindergartner can muster, he glowed with excitement. I showed him President Obama’s picture and said, “Look, he has curly hair too, just like you—in fact he looks very much like you.” He stared at the picture and I thought about the fact that through his veins ran blood from both slaves and those who owned slaves.
I told my grandson to listen well to this president who looked like him. I wonder if he is too young to understand when the president talks about having a single mother and how he missed having a father in his life. I know he is too young to make the connection between the president’s mother who taught him every day during his years in Indonesia and his own mother who is helping him learn his kindergarten sight words. I wonder if he will think of me when the president asks the children to listen to their grandparents. I hope so, and I also hope that I will somehow make a difference in the world he is going to inherit.
So with her words I would just like to say, today was a good day for brown eyed children.