why it matters

This brought tears to my eyes the minute I saw it. A young boy visiting the White House asks to touch the president's hair to see if it felt the same as his. I have heard some cynical people balk at the big deal some made of having our first Black president. This picture illustrates why it is a big deal for some. When my son pretends to be a prince but then says he can't because his hair is "not like a prince's hair", or when he comes home telling me a kid at school touched his hair and called it weird . . . and then seeing him light up when, on inauguration day, he made the connection that "Barack Obama has hair like me!!!". Yes, he notices. And yes, it matters.


  1. Amber5:27 PM

    that is a wonderful picture of the boy touching president Obama's head! So glad you posted it and so glad that Jafta can have the comparison!

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  3. That was me above, I hit post, then had an additional thought....fingers moving faster than brain tonight! LOL.

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing it.

    Our boys (still in Haiti) were always touching my hubby's hair on his first trip in March. They didn't say anything about it, but they touched it often. And I have pictures of them touching it.

    Amazing times we live in, that's for sure.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  4. Just recently watched my 12-year-old swat away another ball player who kept rubbing his head ... not in a fun and inquisitive way, either.

    I love, love, LOVE that picture. It is a big deal.

    IT IS A BIG DEAL!!!!

  5. Anonymous10:51 PM

    What a great picture! I can't even put into words how special it is. Thanks for sharing! :) Julie

  6. Wow - great picture - makes me want to cry.

  7. What a cool picture.

  8. Great post - thank you.

  9. I stopped straightening my hair three years ago because I got tired of fighting nature (and I work in a foggy town). It WAS stressful at first--like I had to apologize to people because my hair stood up instead of hanging down. Little kids would ask "Why is your hair like that/funny?" As I learned to be comfortable just being myself without a blow dryer and curling iron, my response became (with a chuckle), "Well, why is YOUR hair like that/funny?"
    And my poor baby from Haiti? EVERYONE presumes familiarity and rubs his head. I try to interject the "his-hair-is-NORMAL-so-stop-acting-like-some-backwoods-provincial attitude whenever I get that patronizingly snarky behavior.
    You are soooo right! It DOES matter. It shouldn't, but it does.

  10. Well Said Kristen, it does matter!

  11. I LOVE THIS PHOTO. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I'm stealing it and putting it on my blog. I will quote you... :)

    Miss you guys already....I love your kids. ANd you. :)

  12. I'm totally crying from this shot. It may be partially due to jetlag or a trip to Thailand but this shot is incredible and is HUGE! Thanks for sharing!


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