Kids may be fool enough to play with matches without the fear of catching fire. Or pinning fingers inside a socket, playing with an iPhone 7 like it is a piece of toy, eating things they find on the floor without thinking once. But kids are surely intelligent enough to know that a mere skin color does not define the amount of love one deserves.
The small things they do in simple acts of innocence can teach us adults, lessons that we have long forgotten. Like hugging someone out of pure love, crying out loud one minute and giggling happily the other. Like sharing a cookie, even if it’s only the smallest piece left. Like never giving up even when they stumble a million times.
Kids, they are a reminder of how innocent we are born and the world turns us into racist human beings that discriminate by what is only the variety of skin color. A similar situation took place when this little girl Sophia, two years old, was asked by her parents to pick for herself a prize for becoming fully potty trained.
Brenda Brenner, Mother of Sophia, posted the experience of Sophia’s conversation with the cashier when she was asked if she was sure about the choice of her doll.
Source: Love What Matters
“Nick and I told Sophia that after one whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize. She, of course, chose a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly, and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?’ Sophia finally found her voice and said, ‘Yes, please!’ The cashier replied, ‘But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.’ I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl, and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”#LoveWhatMatters
This simple story of Brenda’s daughter not only gathered applause from a lot of parents but also encouraged them to share their children’s stories of how they break the barriers of racial discrimination with their innocence.
One such comment said, ‘As an African-American woman and teacher I am in tears reading these beautiful stories. Growing up I didn’t always find or have the dolls that “looked like me” and neither did I care. I had dolls of multiple colors because I LOVED Disney (and still do) lol. Some people are just ignorant of their conversations. Love knows no color but realizes that the rainbow is uniquely beautiful…’
Mothers shared pictures of their children with their dolls that have different skin color than their own, and they did not see anything wrong with it.
These children give us a lesson that love does not see with the eyes but with the heart. And the heart does not discriminate on the basis of appearances. If only us adults could see it that way.