Baby born. What color? Healthy girl.

Kessara Eldridge
Fredericksburg, VA

My aunt – Irish/German ancestry married a Cape Verdean man. When they had their first child, my cousin, my grandfather didn’t ask if it was a boy or a girl – he wanted to know what color it was. That showed me more than anything the differences in generations – how a man born in 1912 and a girl born in 1963 could see the world so drastically different.

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  • SnarkFish

    I am so sorry that Grandpa missed out on so very much. My daughter counts her relationship with her Grandpa as one of the most meaningful of her life, and when Grandpa breathed his last, he was held by his one granddaughter. He was not much younger than the 1912 grandpa, but a universe more loving.

    • MChamberlain

      I remember my Father being unkind to his first great grandchild because she was mixed (black/white). I also remember my children telling him if he couldn’t be nice to her, he couldn’t be their Grandpa either. It did rock him back enough that he started treating her like the rest of the grandchildren.

 

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