We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Anti-Racist Parent Meme

Carmen at Anti-Racist Parent offered up the following meme, which I’ve edited here for your reading pleasure:

 1. I am:
French/French Canadian, Irish, Polish, and German. But I identify more as a native New Englander. 

2. My kids are:
Ethiopian (Oromo, we think, and Hadiya) and American.

3. I first started thinking more about race, culture, and identity when:
In fifth grade when one of my good girl friends was first generation American, with parents from China.

4. People think my name is:
French. And they’re right! But they really don’t know what to do with Mr. Four’s last name. And it’ll seem particularly odd on my kids.

5. The family tradition I most want to pass on is:
A love for reading.

6. The family tradition I least want to pass on is:
Siblings who don’t stay close into adulthood. This goes back a generation or two on both sides of my family. And I really want my boys to look out for each other even when we’re no longer here to bring them together.

7. My child’s first word in English was:
Bug’s first English words were “water” and our dog’s name. We weren’t around to hear Giggle’s.  

8. My child’s first non-English word was:
Bug knew a few sounds in Amharic when we met him, but not really any words. So perhaps “shinte” it is, as learned from Giggle. Shinte means pee in Amharic.

9. The non-English word/phrase most used in my home is:
Ishi. It means “okay” in Amharic. Often used as a question.  The real answer to this is “shinte.” Even Bug uses it. Or perhaps “baca,” which means enough or finished, as in “baca orange juice” (the orange juice is all gone) or “baca water” (turn off the water before you flood the bathroom) or “baca TV” (turn off the TV before your brain rots).

10. One thing Two things I love about being a parent is are:
Laughing hysterically with my kids on a daily basis. Watching them together.

11. One thing I hate about being a parent is:
Never going to movies.

12. To me, being an anti-racist parent means:
Dealing with my own issues and being brave enough to deal with others’, to make the world a little bit easier for my kids and, more importantly, to start remedying some of the wrongs.


31 July 2007 Posted by | giggle, parenting, race | 4 Comments



Bug is exploring the open road.

31 July 2007 Posted by | bug, fun | Comments Off on Meanwhile

It all starts here.

Before we can be four in Egypt, we have to be four packed and on an airplane. We’re getting there.

And where are we sleeping? On a giant sleeping floor comprised of three mattresses in the boys’ room. Everyone sleeps better when we’re all together.

31 July 2007 Posted by | getting there | Comments Off on It all starts here.