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Bees Don't Sting Brown People
Adventures in Diversity with AJ
By Jacqueline D. Hymes, Frances Español
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2014 Jacqueline D. Hymes, Ph.D.
All rights reserved.
Hi, my name is AJ, and I want to be your friend.
Will you be friends with me? Great! Well, we are going to have fun together, and we will learn together. Okay?
I am learning a lot about diversity. Do you know what that means? I guess we better go over diversity first. Di-ver-si-ty. Well, diversity is this big word grown-ups use to describe the differences in people and how we should understand that being different is okay.
That's important—knowing that other people are different from you and that's okay. Remember that you are different to them too.
The main thing to remember is that diversity covers everything that you may find different from you—from where you go to school to where you go to church, from the color of your skin to the color of your hair—it covers everything. Now take a moment and think about this.What if everyone in the world were the same? How much fun would that be, and how could we tell each other apart?
Well, let's learn together.Today's diversity lesson will teach us about the diversity of our skin color.
We are going to the park!
"Come on, AJ, get up and let's go!" says Mommy to AJ.
"I'm still sleepy, Mom. Can I sleep for five more minutes?" AJ whines in a very sleepy voice.
"No, we have our day planned, and we will not get anything done if you sleep the day away. Get up, little boy."
Mom smiles at AJ as she pulls off his blankets. She has to watch AJ get up or he will go back to sleep.
AJ finally jumps out of bed. He knows Mom will not go away until he gets up. With a great big stretch, AJ hugs Mom and heads for the bathroom.
"AJ," Mom says.
"I know, I know, I know, wash my face and brush my teeth and get dressed.
Can I wait until after I eat breakfast to brush my teeth so my food won't taste like toothpaste?" asks AJ.
Mom smiles and says, "Yes, make sure you wash your face, comb your hair, and get dressed before you come to breakfast. I don't want you to scare the birds away when you look out the window." AJ giggles because sometimes mommies are silly.
AJ heads for the bathroom and begins his morning routine. He washes his hands and his face. He combs his hair then goes back to his room to get dressed.
Mom makes AJ lay his clothes out the night before so he knows what he will wear. He takes off his pajamas and puts on his shorts and the T-shirt that are hanging on the chair. He then puts on his socks and shoes, ties them up, and heads to the kitchen.
Mommy looks at AJ as he walks into the kitchen and smiles. "How about some French toast?"
"Yeah" That's AJ's favorite. Mommy and AJ eat breakfast. AJ returns to the bathroom to brush his teeth then rejoins Mom to watch out the window for Ms. Heidi and Marin to pick them up.
Excerpted from Bees Don't Sting Brown People by Jacqueline D. Hymes, Frances Español. Copyright © 2014 Jacqueline D. Hymes, Ph.D.. Excerpted by permission of Trafford Publishing.
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