Like most mornings when we are at home, my son Dale and I were working on an art project last week when he created the following artwork:
As many times as I encouraged him to use different colors on his work, he just kept telling me that he “likes the color red, and one green,” so I just let him continue and finish his project. When he finished, I was instantly inspired to write a short poem about being different, as is the sole green craft stick on Dale’s art work. I initially dedicated our collaborative work to our multicultural and multiracial family friends, but it is also very timely with the plight of many minority Olympians in the 2012 London Olympics, so I would also like to share our art and poetry below with them as the whole world celebrates such talented and resilient individuals. And if you are having a “lonesome green day” as well, we also celebrate you, young and old, red and green and in between.
The Lonesome Green By Charm Damon Inspired by the Lonesome Green Project by Dale Damon
Twenty-one red friends, and one lonesome green,
That’s your child, he’s the green.
Seems like the world for a child to be different,
Or is it really? Is he really?
Or is it for his parent who so regretfully compares?
Or is it for those of the reds that so proudly compare?
It may be true for the two latter,
But maybe not for the child,
If parents, all of them, see the same color.
Why the comparison? Why the ridicule?
If your child is green or yellow or even blue or purple,
It’s not too bad after all.
Think of today’s adults,
Really think of yesterday and today’s exceptional adults,
They’re not quite red, nor quite green,
They’re their own hue,
And not remotely close to me and you.
In the end, all your son needs to hear from you is,
I love you just as YOU!
How about you or somebody you know? How has your difference from others actually become an advantage or an encouragement to become a better you?
About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor. She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.