HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY?
My husband is African American, an only child and was raised by a single mother. He was educated in a private school and grew up fairly privileged. I am East Indian (from the South), raised by working class Catholic by parents who are still together and who were fairly strict and disapproving of interracial dating and marriage. We have two children who are vastly different in appearance and personality. My son is very fair skinned and has caucasian hair. My daughter is darker skinned with curly more coarse hair. He is quiet and cerebral (like my husband) and she is a spitfire (like her mother)
DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN.
Yes and No. My husband grew up in an Episcopal household. I grew up Catholic. There was some disagreement of whether we would baptize the children and in whose religion. My mother is a staunch Catholic and as a gift to her for marrying outside of my culture, we baptized both children Catholic. For several years, we were liberally practicing (if at all). But as the children are growing up, the importance of a foundation in faith has become more and more apparent. They recently started Faith Formation classes in a Catholic Church for the purpose of receiving Penance and their 1st Communion. My husband is indifferent. My parents are elated and he understands that it is meaningful to them, particularly my mother. Will we continue on this faith journey? Hard to say, but the foundation is important.
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES?
Being a mixed race family is often eye opening, particularly living in a moderately affluent area. There are often reference to how light skinned my husband is "to be black" and that he looks "Arabic." For myself, when I was home with the children, I would often get asked what my children's fathers (plural) looked like because they were of different complections. Additionally, I am Indian and do not quite fit the mold, My hair is highlighted blonde and both my children have dark brown hair. So in addition to assuming my children had different fathers, I have often been mistake for the nanny because I looked different from them.
WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY?
Our children are actively involved in soccer. We love watching games and supporting them. Missing a game is something we try to avoid. We enjoy meals together and spending time with family and friends as time permits.
WHAT IS A WORD, QUOTE, PASSAGE, VERSE OR SAYING THAT DESCRIBES YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
"choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid."