Today I looked up the definition of offended. It said, "to cause displeasure, anger, resentment, or wounded feelings in". Well, my bad, he very well could have been offended. I'm sure he resents sticking out
Jacob prefers to blend and subjects that obviously set him apart from everyone else definitely makes him uncomfortable. When we pulled up to his first soccer practice this year he talked about how he's always the only black kid on his soccer team and Ella piped up - "yeah, me too". I'm really hoping that next year there is an infusion of some color into his grade level. It's a bummer as Ella's class is quite diverse.
On the other hand, Ella wanted me to do her hair while we're on her 5th grade overnight trip next week. Many of her friends are curious as to how her hair looks "down" which isn't exactly the word that reflects her hair undone. I told her there would likely not be time. So, instead we did an updo in which most of her hair is froed - is that a word? I must admit I was glad to see that two of her friends, who are also African American, are in our room for the trip so when she puts her bonnet on to sleep in and oil her hair at least some of the kids won't be surprised.