Recently, I 'cycled' out
After cleaning out the 2 book shelves and two baskets of books- gratefully- he made his bed time reading choices, 3 that we've read before, but seemed to get hidden by those dang procreating licensed character books.
Prepare yourself- this was a proud Mommy moment.
Love these books. All of them. (Love is a strong word for books- especially the little zebra one it still has a clear and fun message) But, what is that? you ask? Is that a "Father and Son" book? gasp.
Single caucasian mom bought, her son, a Father and Son book depicting black fathers and sons! Huh? Weird choice? Odd choice. Maybe
But I saw this book, in a little bookstore in Andover Mass (Thank you sistah for the gift card). It is beautiful. The illustrations are striking and come alive (my photos do no justice!). I decided, right then and there, that if I was going to show my son how families are made up of all different combinations than I couldn't hide the father thing or the 'oops. Mommy's not black' thing. (He actually calls me orange this time of year, but I digress). More importantly, he sees a black man, as a father. An image of what he may one day be.
For some reason, I still find it an odd choice. But one I'm very glad I made.