Buggy’s newest favorite game is I Spy and it usually goes something like this: Buggy: “I spy something green… A TREE! Mom’s turn” Me: “I spy something blue (spying a blue plate)” Buggy: “THE SKY! I spy something… something … WHITE! It’s the clouds Mom! I said WHITE!”
I don’t think she really gets that to play I spy you need to guess what the other person sees not just name something that is the color they said. She also doesn’t get that you’re not supposed to SHOUT what you spy without letting the other person guess, but hey, for a 2 year old she’s doing great with her colors!
The other day, however, our daily game of I spy turned into her first acknowledgment of her skin color. She said “I spy something brown… my person! Mom! I said MY PERSON!” I was kind of shocked because she normally names really common objects like trees, grass, and anyone’s shirt color that she can see. She’s never called herself brown, or talked about anyone’s skin color before so I just kind of sat there. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to reply or what. But about 3 seconds later I heard “MOM! Moooommmm!” from the backseat. “I said your turn” So I took my turn and continued playing I spy with my beautiful brown Buggy.
I’m still waiting until the day she recognizes and asks about the different skin tones in our family. From her daddy’s dark brown to her medium brown, the baby’s light brown and my white skin we really are all different colors. I love that we are so different yet there is so much of my husband and I in each kid, and I hope that she loves her beautiful brown person as much as I do!