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Color Doesn't Matter!
Posted On 06/05/2020 00:06:35 by yourchoice

We’re having a quiet evening, and I’m telling myself to stop planning and start writing. It’s ‘throwback Thursday’ and if I don’t hurry, I’m going to miss it.

Considering the news reports that we have been watching from our quiet spot, I recalled one of the first ‘major’ happening in our young son’s life… meeting new friends at kindergarten. Coming home from his first day at kindergarten, he excitedly told us that he has a new friend, adding, “Mom, he has the smoothest hair, and he likes my glasses!” His friend lived in a different community, so the boys didn’t travel on the same school bus. But it didn’t take long for me to have the opportunity to meet his new friend, when I visited his kindergarten. His friend did have very smooth and curly hair, and his skin was very black, a detail that our son didn’t seem to notice. Over the next several years, we had delightful times when the two boys had play times together. Different schools, different interests, and different locations separated the boys for years. They finished school, pursued their careers, and becoming responsible adults. Unexpectedly, they met in the lobby of our local airport, waiting for their respective flights. It was amazing that they even recognized each other in the crowd. They don’t live in the same province but have had several visits, and stay in touch via computer. I’ve even been invited to be a friend on Facebook, and I love catching up with the ‘long-lost’ friend.

I’ve also been thinking about how we met our family doctor in our town. We had been hoping to change our regular shopping and medical services from the city to our town. City traffic was becoming less attractive us ‘country folk’. We didn’t have much success in finding a doctor who was accepting new patients until the new Emergency Service Center was built in our town. On one of our “emergency” visits, I asked the nursing staff if there were any doctors in town who were accepting new patients, and she gave me a list of six names. The names were not familiar, but there were two doctors in a clinic located in our local Walmart that we decided to contact. My husband asked the receptionist who she would favor of the two doctors, and she came back with this question… “Do you have a color problem?” Hubby said that he liked all colors, wondering what that question had anything to do with the question that he had asked. She gave us the name and made an appointment for us to have an introductory meeting.

Our meeting was delightful; this doctor was friendly, asked questions and listened intently to our replies, told us that his medical training and initial practice was in England, moved his family to Canada two years ago, and loved our small town and community. He has followed our health issues with care, referred us to specialist when needed, and is incredibly sensitive and intuitive. And… we learned why the receptionist asked if we had a “color problem”!

I was reminded of the words of a song that I learned in Sunday School, and also taught it to our children, many years ago:


Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.


 Color Doesn't Matter!



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06/05/2020 22:12:52


WritterDeb wrote:

As always, love your blog.  I sang that song loud and proud in Sunday School and have taught it to my children and their children.  The other day when I was watching the news reporting all the different states who had different groups of prostesters, that very song came to my mind.  I thought, "Red and yellow, black and white, grab your neighbor and hold on tight."  Just passed through my thinking just like that.  That is the one thing we all have to remember.  It is not the differences, it's the sameness.  If we practice and call ourselves Christian then according to God's Word, we are kin to one another, we are blood kin.  The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Christ, we are one.

Bottom line, this outrage has open and restarted a very important conversation and I pray that all man kind will stop and have the conversation.  I think God is saying it is worth it.  Just my opinion.

Again, thanks for being brave and sharing your thoughts in your blog. 

Thank you for you comment; we sure sang that song loudly and often in our Sunday School, even though as children, we didn't really understand it. That comes later when we see it in action. I think that it is more important to be a follower of Jesus that to preach about the 'do's and don'ts' of religion. It seems that a crisis brings out some antagonists and some seekers. How do we respond to individuals? 



06/05/2020 21:53:49


EunHye wrote:

Dearest Mona, You are an amazing Mom, I admired you for teaching your son to respect other no matter the race and  color. You have raised a loving, gentle son  and a wonderful  friend in the society.  Thanks for sharing,  Big Hugs

Thank you for your comment; just know that learning to be a parent is a never-ending journey, and in spite of our best efforts, we still all make mistakes. Thankfully, the Holy Scriptures are a great guide for everyone.



06/05/2020 21:50:16


Beth777 wrote:

I remember the song from Sunday school too, Mona. It's so simple, isn't it? The best and truest lessons always are though. We are  all part of the same race, the human race. Given the current events, another song is brought to mind; The times, they are a changin......Thanks for sharing your blog.  I enjoyed it, as always.

Thank you, Beth, for your comment. I agree; we are the same race... not American or Canadian ... or any other nationality! 



06/05/2020 21:44:01


texasjane wrote:

Which is more important a rose or a daisy?  The world is covered with hundreds of different flowers.  Each flower has its own uniqueness.  All are important equally.  All of God’s children are important equally.  Your blog wonderful.  Thank you for sharing it.  

Thanks for your response... the receptionist's question reflects a stigma that adults need to reconsider. The introductory visit was a great idea. After that meeting, we were free to accept or reject the person. Skin color is no distraction to the abilities or personality of the person.



06/05/2020 21:19:59


Altara33606 wrote:

Lovely blog, Mona.  And yes...I, too, remember that song from childhood 'Sunday school'. 

Thanks, Altara, and it's great to see you back here. The Sunday School songs seem to have been stuck in our memories... simple and profound words!



06/05/2020 21:06:36


Cara_ wrote:

I enjoyed reading your blog especially about your son and his new friend. It goes to show children are not born racist..Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for your comment; it is also fun to watch how children keep relationships simple. Often, it is the adults who make things more complicated.



06/05/2020 17:38:00

As always, love your blog.  I sang that song loud and proud in Sunday School and have taught it to my children and their children.  The other day when I was watching the news reporting all the different states who had different groups of prostesters, that very song came to my mind.  I thought, "Red and yellow, black and white, grab your neighbor and hold on tight."  Just passed through my thinking just like that.  That is the one thing we all have to remember.  It is not the differences, it's the sameness.  If we practice and call ourselves Christian then according to God's Word, we are kin to one another, we are blood kin.  The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In Christ, we are one.

Bottom line, this outrage has open and restarted a very important conversation and I pray that all man kind will stop and have the conversation.  I think God is saying it is worth it.  Just my opinion.

Again, thanks for being brave and sharing your thoughts in your blog. 



06/05/2020 11:12:29

Dearest Mona, You are an amazing Mom, I admired you for teaching your son to respect other no matter the race and  color. You have raised a loving, gentle son  and a wonderful  friend in the society.  Thanks for sharing,  Big Hugs



06/05/2020 10:18:02

I remember the song from Sunday school too, Mona. It's so simple, isn't it? The best and truest lessons always are though. We are  all part of the same race, the human race. Given the current events, another song is brought to mind; The times, they are a changin......Thanks for sharing your blog.  I enjoyed it, as always.



06/05/2020 09:47:41

Which is more important a rose or a daisy?  The world is covered with hundreds of different flowers.  Each flower has its own uniqueness.  All are important equally.  All of God’s children are important equally.  Your blog wonderful.  Thank you for sharing it.  



06/05/2020 05:10:50

That's right, color doesn't matter. There is only one race. I remember the song too from my youth. Great post.



06/05/2020 04:02:21

I enjoyed reading your blog especially about your son and his new friend. It goes to show children are not born racist..Thanks for sharing.





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