Archive for November, 2011

Conversations with Island Boy

Island Boy:  Oh, Mommy!  You look so yummy!

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IB and I had a conversation about the appropriate use of Ma’am and Sir.

IB:  What about “dude”?  I like to say “Hello Dude”.

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IB:  Was Granny Mary killed?

Me:  No, she died.

IB:  Oh, that’s sad.  Well, I would have called the police and saved her.

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–RG

Conversations with Island Boy

Island Boy:  Mama, I’ve got a song in my heart.  Can I sing it for you?

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IB:  Mama, today I was last in line.  It was so funny.  I was the “ca-boobs”!

Me: Honey, I think you mean “caboose”.

IB:  No Mommy, I was the “ca-boobs”.

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–Running Girl

 

Thanksgiving Feast

As we approach Thanksgiving, here are a few things we might want to keep in mind:

  • The story of the first Thanksgiving is often told from the perspective of the Pilgrims.
  • Thanksgiving means different things to different people.
  • Some Native Americans refer to it as a National Day of Mourning.
  • Many Thanksgiving images are stereotypical images of Native Americans.
  • These images are hurtful and can promote prejudice.
  • The Wampanoags’ assistance to the Pilgrims was followed by the theft of their land and genocide of their people.
  • Native Americans are not all the same.  There are different names, languages and cultures.

Here’s are two good articles to read:  The Surpressed Speech by Wamsutta James and Thanksgiving: A Native American View by Jacqueline Keeler

Here’s my question for you.  Do I stand by silently as Island Boy and the rest of the Kindergartners are asked to make a pillowcase, fringed outfit for a Thanksgiving feast?  Do I have him choose a Native American name?  As a friend suggests for his name, “He-Who-Equates-Dressing-Up-As-An-“Indian”-As-Dressing-Up-In-Black-Face”? Or do I send information to the Kindergarten Team to reconsider their curriculum for the following year?

–Running Girl