Curious Little Girl to Simone: Is that your Mommy?
Curious Little Girl to Simone’s Mommy: You’re getting browner.
Simone’s Mommy: I was already brown.
Curious Little Girl to Simone’s Mommy: And you had a white child?
Simone’s Mommy: Her Daddy’s white.
Curious Little Girl: Her Daddy’s white? Wow.
That was a first.
I have a pithy comeback when adults ask such questions. I don’t think that will work with children. I could have taken her aside and told her more than she wanted to know, but her Mommy may not have liked that.
I love the way children think. This little girl who happened to be black accepted Simone as my daughter. She just could not process the color difference. Adults may peg me as an adoptive mother or the nanny. This little girl figured I had a deep, dark tan. I can work with that.