I'm proud to be Asian. That's no secret.
So whenever I have a chance to teach Amara to have the same pride, I welcome the opportunity. I believe it's important for everyone to understand their heritage and to take pride in it.
Well this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to interview Aileen Avery. I was so intimidated because 1) she's beautiful and 2) she's what I consider a "true" professional in our field while I'm like the "wannabe." (Anyone feel a Spice Girl song coming on?)
As we were making small talk, Aileen asked if I am Filipino? Guess what? She is too! I never would have guessed. She's half Filipino and half Italian. Striking. I can only hope Amara's half German, half Flip mix will turn out half as gorgeous.
But that's what I'm talking about. Aileen is proud to be Asian. If she were not, she wouldn't have even mentioned it to me. I want Amara to have the same respect for her Filipino descendants. Since Amara was at work with me Saturday, I introduced her. Amara shreiked with delight.
So whenever I can, I make it a point to show Amara "famous" Filipinos. (I leave the famous Germans to her dad.) -- Cheryl Burke, Lea Salonga, Apl.de.ap, Monique Lhuillier. Anyone that Amara may come across in mainstream media, I mention. When Amara can recognize that Filipinos can (and have) accomplished great things, she'll recognize the great potential that lies hidden within her.
Want to be inspired? To see more famous 'pinos, check this out.
today's good: Dad2Amara is finally home! Thank goodness. No more single mom syndrome for me! I have to give props to all the single moms out there. I don't know how you do it!
today's bad: Can anyone say Monday?!?!
One last note: I need to send a shout out to my cousin, High Maintanence Mom, and her hubby. They found out last week they're expecting a baby girl! Congratulations!!
Photo credit: Farl
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