Saturday, March 06, 2010

Tips For Making a Beautiful Weekend out of a Tough Week:

First, take your very best friend way out into the middle of the country to visit your favorite people in the world. Make sure you stop for ice cream along the way. If your friend is an international student from Guatemala, she may want to stop and take a picture of the crazy hybrid animal grazing in the fields of a suspicous looking farm (it appeared to be a cross between a cow, a buffalo, and a goat).

When you reach your rural destination make sure you are greeted by adorable kids who have cleaned their rooms, put on special outfits, and drawn pictures in preparation of your arrival. The rest of the night you are free to play basketball in the living room, observe a break-dance competition, sing spontaneous duets to your little brother in Spanish, and get your hair done by a pair of 5 year old hair stylists. At least 15 barrets and clips should be involved in your new look.

Your proud Ethiopian siblings will probably want to teach their Guatemalan guest all about their culture, so be prepared for a mini Amharic language lesson. The colors of the flag are a good start. Say it with me: aronguadey, biCHa, kai. You can continue the culture lesson with a BIG meal of injera and wat (with mango rice on the side).

After dinner head outside for a bonfire! Warning: you may grudgingly have to admit there is something good about your family's new location as you can actually see the stars. Eat lots of s'mores, but try not to sit on the package of graham crackers.

After you've had your fill of s'mores you should go put your pajamas on. This way the littlest kids will think you are going to bed just like them, when in reality you are going to sneak off to watch a movie with the teenage siblings. Even if you fall asleep before the movie ends you will have fun hanging out.

Oh, and make sure you take LOTS of pictures! This way, if you have another hard week you can look at them and remember how much you have to be thankful for.

It didn't take my parents long to figure out why Gloria and I are best friends--she takes almost as many pictures as I do!

Last step: Take the strength and renewed energy you got from the people
who love you most and store it up for the week ahead!

Monday, March 01, 2010

An All too Common Story

My mom left this comment on my facebook page tonight. Unfortunately, getting followed in stores is so common for my AA siblings that I don't usually write about it, but tonight's incident was even worse than usual.

Just had the worse experience at JC Penneys Woodbury, MN.The security guy followed Isaac to the car and asked him to show him what he took. He showed his bag--school books only. So the security guy said he was banned from the store. I asked why and he said Isaac put 3 shirts in his book bag ...last week and took them out and left them in the fitting room.The security guy was awful. They wouldn't let us way into the store so they accused Isaac right inside the store in front of all the customers. It was so humiliating! The police showed up and threatened to arrest me and book me on obstruction because I was trying to help Isaac as they questioned him. And for blocking a fire lane because I simply left the car where the security guy approached us. And they said it had nothing to do with race.

I talked to Lacy (who was there when it happened) a little bit ago on the phone and she seems really shaken up. My mom has been in tears all night. It can be such an ugly world out there sometimes...