This blog's heading might give the false impression that I'm about to launch into a long diatribe about black heritage and pride, but I assure you its not about that and it is pretty short. Years ago, I saw an episode of Golden Girls where this Cuban guy was interviewing for a prestigious college. Initially, he hoped to apply for the music program, but due to a slight head trauma, he decided to apply for performing arts instead. His performance was a monologue about prejudice entitled, "its because I'm Cuban." After that, I started to tell people that they were prejudiced toward me because I'm black, which is quite amusing since the population in Barbados is probably about 80% black.
Even today, when my husband or any of my friends do anything, I'll sometimes insist that its a prejudice as a result of me being black. It's all in the name of foolish talk because I'm not insecure about my dark colour. Anyway, so I come home from work tonight and my husband says that he and Jaheim had just come out of the bath. I smile and remark that they both look white, but I swear I wasn't being wicked. There was a nice glow to their skin and there is no other way I could think to describe it. Feeling pretty good, I decided to get an early shower myself. So there I am in the bath when my husband yells that I came in and didn't give him any attention. "That's not true," I say, "you were on the phone so I'm going to bathe and make myself smell pretty."
"Oh! You want to be like Jaheim and me!" He yells back.
Before I can respond, I hear Shakir say, "but she can't be like we daddy. She black!" My husband is very fair in complexion and Shakir favours him greatly. Jaheim is darker, but still slightly clearer than I am. His words caught me by surprise, I have to admit, but I'm not upset. It just reminded me of my jokes.
Later, he came to me smiling asking me if I had heard him. I just smiled. Let him enjoy his little joke. Vengeance will be mine and she who laughs last, laughs loudest!
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.