i was in the gym last week waiting for my little big man and little girl who were in taekwondo training. the coach's daughter, 6 years old engaged me in a no-nonsense conversation which went on like this:
coach's daughter sits beside me on the bench then says, what did you look like when you were a child?
me, after thinking for a few split seconds, i looked like julla when i was a child.
she turns to look at my daughter julla who was busy with their taekwondo drills out on the mats. then she turns back at me, you looked like that?
yes, but i was darker.
she turns to look at julla again then back at me. then bluntly, she says, you're black.
of course, i was quick to retort, calmly, i'm not black. i'm brown.
she looks at julla again then says, julla is light brown.