I just watched this preview with my six month old daughter, who would definitely be classified as a 'light skinned girl'.
Here are four thoughts on this:
1. It makes me sad, as I can certainly relate to some of the women to some degree. I've heard the, "You're pretty cute.... for a dark girl" several times. Ha! This line embarrasses me for the person who says it. It's a backhand compliment from someone who doesn't know any better. I just forgive them and keep it moving.
2. It makes me motivated. Motivated to protect my daugter from this nonsense as much as I possibly can. Though, I'm not naive enough to know that I can protect her from everything stupid people say.
Recent example, "Is she your baby? Why is she a different color from you? You're dark." I was recently asked that question by yet another person who doesn't know any better.
3. It makes wonder and question why, why does this still matter? I've heard a lot of racist stuff my thirty years of life. Some towards me, some not. I've learned how to pick my battles and keep it moving.
4. Finally, this video makes me so very thankful that I come from a family of beautiful and confident women. My mother taught me the importance of having high self-esteem that comes from within, not the type that needs validation from others.
This is a true blessing; one I intend to pass on to my beautiful daughter.
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Lately, everyone has been asking us when we're leaving Japan for good. The plan still hasn't changed :), we're leaving before Baby K is school-aged... probably. Next stop, Hawaii or wherever the Lord leads us.
I realized I rarely share with you the things I love about Japan anymore. Living here has become so regular and normal that I hardly ever feel motivated to share stuff with my folks back home anymore. I'm going to change that by regularly sharing things with you that I like or find interesting here.
On the flip side, when I am back in the US, I am more likely to snap a photo of something of something to share with others when I return to Japan. Funny.
Anyway, I stumbled across a video that just tickles me for a few reasons.
1. It's so cute. It's just makes me say 'kawaiiiii' in my most authentic high-pitched Japanese voice!
2. It's so weird. But, weird things kind of make sense here in a weird sorta way.
3. It's so Japan. I say that because it's one of those songs that you'll hear in a convenience store, on a shopping trip, or if you're lucky, at karaoke with friends.
4. I want an ichigo (strawberry) hat for Baby K, she would look so cute in that!
Yesterday we celebrated our 3-year anniversary and Baby K's 5 Month birthday! Can't believe I've been a wife for three years, who would have thought? Actually, I would have. But, people often tell me they didn't think I was the marrying type because I was so career-driven. Eh? ;) That just goes to show, just because a young woman is about her business doesn't mean she can't and won't settle down. She's probably waiting patiently for someone who's all about HIS business to come along, so they can handle their business together. Okay, that's enough sentences with 'business' in it, hehehe. You get what I'm saying!
Anywho, our little angel is 5 months old and boy, is she a joy!! Oh how we love her so much! She's an active little something and so cuddly wuddly! Always climbing trying to get somewhere. She smiles and laughs all of the time. She rolls over, and she knows how to use her voice to get anything she wants. Yep, we love her to peices.
We are fine. I am writing this brief post from my in-law's home in Oregon with my lovely little Baby K sound asleep at my side. G is still in Tokyo, missing us :) and we are truly missing him. It's been a long and intense past few weeks, but things are beginning to get back to normal and we hope to return to Tokyo at the end of this month.
I truly appreciate everyone's sweet messages and prayers. With the excepton of a minor inconvenience it caused our family, we are fine. However, the Tohoku region is not fine and my guess is that it will not be for some time. The Tohoku region holds a very special place in my heart, as I considered Sendai my "Japan Hometown" since I attended Tohoku University. I am still in disbelief over what has happened there. Please, keep the region and victims in your prayers as they begin to get their heads around it all and attempt to rebuild.
Sheesh Louise people, where has the time gone?!! I mean seriously, I didn't think time would fly by so fast. My little angel (and angel she truly is) is almost three months and I am still in a state of euphoria over it all. G and I really are PARENTS, doting parents I must admit.
Baby K has us both wrapped around her tiny little pinky toes and we just can't get enough. She is truly a treasure in so many ways!
Here are a few thoughts on being a new mommy in Tokyo!
1. I see why people have multiple children. Yes indeed, I understand completely. While I was pregnant (and even while giving birth) it was pretty tough for me to understand why people did this over and over again. But that was all before Baby K's first smile, laugh, cry, poop, blink... (Yes, i love my child.)
2. Finally, we've reached the point where I am able to get things done around the house. I'm feeling pretty good these days, as I can clean, take care of Baby K, and cook (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and still have a happy little one. Yay!!