Dear Marilyn –
I have always enjoyed the stories you told about how Kindergarten children see the world and experience things like Martin Luther King Day. Of course, I never truly appreciated it until this year. Here’s the approximate conversation I had with Tommy last night:
Tommy: MOMMY! I need to be with dark people.
Me: Well, you’re Darth Vader guy is in the play room. (He calls Darth Vader “Dark” Vader sometimes…)
Tommy: No, Mommy. I need to play with dark people. Like Marfin Lufer King.
Me: OOH! Well, Tommy, you have cousins who have dark skin and you play with them every time we go to Gungah’s house. You know, Zyir and Tyray and Tyra….
Tommy: Oh, well, Mommy, what if I play with them and the bad man comes and says I can’t anymore?
Me: Well, Tom, there aren’t very many people who would say that anymore. Thankfully most people love to see children with all kinds of skin playing together.
Tommy: Mommy, how come we don’t have a lot of dark people in Mirror Lake?
Me: Well, ummmm (yikes, how do I explain this one??)
Tommy: Oh, I know! They just haven’t been born yet! (Starts to go off happily… and then…) Hey, Mommy, how come he didn’t wear a crown?
Tommy: The King! Marfin Lufer!
Thanks for the constant stream of laughs!