This is a crazy good piece of writing, Ashley. I'm just smitten by your generation. It's like the visionaries who came up with the whole idea of ' American ' targeted completion of the project for this century, on purpose. Took that long to work the kinks out and produce such an insightful, generous bunch.
You know, there's just no graceful comeback, in any book on the social graces, for " Well, he does look black ". It's so off the wall, what is there to say? Never had anyone look at Dad's photo and say " Well, he does look Swiss/English/French and do I see some Greek in there? " Same thing, so why.....? Like you said. You're Ashley.
Thank you for you kind words as always dear one! Sometimes I feel I am just spewing forth the things that I should be swallowing. My past has taught me to not talk about these things but my Nanny's stubbornness seems to shine forth. I'm trying to discover balance on my journey. God's grace has gotten me this far.