Friday, April 04, 2008

Cultural Pride!


I cannot tell you how humbled we are by all the wonderful gifts that friends have sent to our son. Toys, clothes, even diapers (nappies for you Brits)! We cannot thank you enough.

As Ruben is 1 month short of celebrating his 1 year birthday, two dear friends, Gloria and Sky from NY went to swirlz.net website and had a shirt made just for Ruben. It couldn't have made me happier! I LOOOOOOVE IT! It captures my son's mixed heritage and proudly displays it right on his "wee" chest for all to see. Normally, I'm not a fan of merchandise advertising but I'm a sucker for this. Because Gloria and Sky are also two people who are biracial and bi-cultural, they know how important it is to stress cultural, racial and ethnic pride in who you are...especially when no one else around you falls into those categories. I naturally have worries about my son becoming confused about who he is; worried that he'll feel the need to "fit in" and downplay his uniqueness. But I can breathe easily, I have great folks already looking after my son.

Course, the bad side of all of this is: I want more shirts!! We need to get ones with "Haitian Highlander", "Kreyol Caledonian", and "Toussaint Wallace" made.
In the meantime, we'll keep thinking of crazy combinations to demonstrate Ruben's Haitian and Scottish heritage.

Anyone else wanna offer up some good titles?

13 Comments:

At Apr 5, 2008, 3:22:00 AM, Blogger Jen Williams said...

I love it!

 
At Apr 6, 2008, 9:19:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Jerked Haggis!

 
At Apr 7, 2008, 9:24:00 AM, Blogger Peggy Brunache said...

John, I'm surprised at you! Haitians have nothing to do with jerk ANYTHING. That is specifically a Jamaican culinary style. Jerk food is alright. But, we're far more sophisticated with our cooking skills! :-p

 
At Apr 15, 2008, 6:28:00 PM, Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

Awwww, this one gets an award for cutest shirt ever!!! :)

 
At Apr 21, 2008, 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Helen said...

Hey Peg!
Have you heard of the novel series by Janet Chapman? Some of her catchy titles are "Only with a Highlander," "Charming the Highlander," "Loving the Highlander," and "Wedding the Highlander." I think these books are somehow cheesy romance with maybe a little bit of action adventure. I found these while looking up a title on amazon. Immediately thought of you! Hope you and the fam are well!

 
At Apr 30, 2008, 1:40:00 AM, Blogger Gloria said...

I am so thrilled that you liked the shirt. I just knew it was perfect! Can't wait to see the Haitian Highlander in it!

 
At May 12, 2008, 10:57:00 AM, Blogger dmarks said...

"Hispaniola Haggis"?

Someone has to develop a Haitian-style tartan.

 
At May 13, 2008, 2:29:00 AM, Blogger John said...

The instant I clicked "publish" it struck me that I had committed a Caribbean bozo no-no. :)

 
At May 13, 2008, 8:53:00 AM, Blogger Peggy Brunache said...

John, you're forgiven.


DMarks, I'm not sure there's a Haitian tartan necessary right now. As far as I know, my son is the only Scottish/Haitian mix. I know of a 3 little Haitian girls who have been adopted by a Scottish couple--but they wouldn't wear a tartan. So, for now, I doubt 1 boy/man requires the creation of a new tartan. However...I do like the idea!!

 
At May 22, 2008, 7:36:00 PM, Anonymous Sandra77 said...

Peggy, oh no, you did NOT just dis Jamaican cooking! Hi, I'm Sandra, and I'm from Jamaica, if you haven't guessed. I live in the US now. I just found your blog - it is mentioned on the Black Women In Europe blog. Interesting blog - I will catch up with your prior musings as soon as I get time, but I just wanted to drop by and say hello. The entire West Indies is truly a diaspora!

 
At May 23, 2008, 7:58:00 AM, Blogger Peggy Brunache said...

Sandra, my Caribbean sister, you know we all think our island's cooking is the best! Meant no disrespect but I gotta stick with my people's food as the best! Don't you do the same? ;)

 
At Oct 19, 2008, 3:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Rasha, a.k.a. swirlz1. I designed your son's shirt and I am thrilled that you love it :) I finally designed one for my son and my niece the other day: jewfrorican. They're wearing them out! Enjoy!

Rasha

 
At Jan 14, 2010, 2:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! I'm Scottish/Haitian myself. Glad to know I'm not the only one! My friends call me "Scatian" and sometimes "Hottish" :)

 

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