Ebony and Ivory

Conestoga Mall Photobooth

Yesterday I went to the dollar store for the second time after supper, but this time with Troy in tow. When we were lining up to pay for the stuff we picked up, this scrawny kid (probably 7 or 8 years old) with seemingly over-sized eyes in front of us started making faces at Troy before asking us questions.

Kid: [eyeing my wedding band] Are you married?
Me: Yup.
Troy: Yes, we are. [showing him his wedding band]
Kid: Why is she brown and you are white?
Troy: Because we're from different families?
Me: Different races?
Kid: [staring at us disapprovingly] Why is she fat and you are thin?
Troy: ...
Me: !

Thankfully, another cash register opened and the kid switched to the other line. I'd had countless kids calling me fat back in Indonesia but in Canada, this was a first. To be fair, Troy is not exactly thin, either. He's not fat, but he's not exactly thin! Anyway, here's hoping that the kid won't grow up to be a racist bully.

Don't you think we look like Happy Tree Friends in the photobooth pictures? ;) I know, we're so adorkable! Heh.


  1. Dave2
    August 17, 2007

    Peo­ple are peo­ple… :-)

  2. Troy
    August 17, 2007

    Dave!!! You didn’t even make a com­ment about “Bad Mon­key” being par­tial­ly in our pic­tures :)
    And the kid was inter­est­ing none the less. I don’t think he will be racist. He’s prob­a­bly just use to peo­ple of his own race mar­ry­ing (Fir­da didn’t men­tion that he was appeared to be of South Asian ances­try).
    I thought it was fun­ny. :)

  3. C
    August 18, 2007

    I guess you can chalk it up to kids say the darn­dest things.

  4. Barbara
    August 18, 2007

    How rude! I’m sur­prised you didn’t trip him when he moved to the oth­er line. (grin)

  5. Design for MySpace
    August 22, 2007

    The kid is method­olog­i­cal to ask such kinds of ques­tions of high lev­el from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive relat­ed to eth­nics

  6. Ollie
    September 6, 2007

    You guys make a cute cou­ple!


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