My 4-year-old daughter so desperately wants black hair like her older brother and younger sister.
“No, no, honey,” I said. “You’re beautiful just the way you are.”
I gazed at her doe-eyed face. I could tell she wasn’t getting it.
So, I pulled out a sheet of paper and markers to draw all of the people in her family — from grandpa to papa to dad and brother. I drew grandma and nana and aunties and uncles. Together, we colored each person’s hair. We only needed three colors: gray, black and brown.
No matter which color you draw a person’s hair it’ll all turn the same color in the end, I said.
“Gray,” she said, nodding.
After we finished coloring, Alejandra said: “Mommy we’re missing one thing.”
“The family tree.” She drew the roots and stump; and I colored the leaves.
I thought we were having a lesson about hair color, but Alejandra took it one step further — FAMILY.
No matter the color of our skin or hair, she said, “we are family.”
Fall and the coming holidays are a perfect time to reflect on the things we’re thankful for.
We spent time with the Friesen family (photographed above) for the November issue of momaha magazine and fell in love with their huge smiles and fun-spirited family dynamic.
In this issue, you’ll learn about high-tech apps, how to mix-and-match your wardrobe and which trends holiday fashion trends you’ll need to know about this winter.
We hope momaha.com and momaha the magazine help make your family life more efficient, beautiful and fun.
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Tell us what you’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving.