We just returned back home to Florida from my wife Mary’s family reunion in Maryland. Mary and I are an interracial couple. Before consenting to attend, I asked my wife of 35 years, “Will there be anyone there who is going to give me a hard time?” Mary replied, “No, they’re all dead.”
The reunion was wonderful, over one hundred in attendance. When God said be fruitful and multiply, Mary’s family took God seriously. Kids were all over the place swimming, using the water slide, enjoying the feast of food and deserts and having a ball.
Cousin Jimmy started cooking the hog, head and all, on the grill at 3am. The pork was cooked to perfection. Add a little of his favorite barbecue sauce and you are in heaven. I do regret allowing Jimmy to talk me into tasting the hog’s snout. For the sake of my stomach, I must change the subject.
Aunt Carol is the family historian. She and her sister, Mary’s mom, Eleanor traced their family tree back to 1625. Aunt Carol’s brief report was fascinating.
Mary’s sister Donna was reelected president of their family reunion. Donna announced big plans to have next year’s 50th reunion catered at a resort. Everyone was excited.
Mary and I received the award for traveling the most distance.
The reunion included an auction. Melanie, Mary’s sister was extremely entertaining playing auctioneer. Billy out-bid everyone to win a beautiful hand-carved bird for his mom, my Mary.
Everyone was warm and friendly. Mary’s mom and dad were genuinely glad to see me. The younger family members were not taken back by me, a black member of the family. They simply did not care about my race.
While I was the only black at the reunion, I heard I am no longer the only black in the family.
It was a great day and I ate too much.
While in Maryland, I visited my family. My brother David has coached well-integrated youth football teams for many years. He has noticed that kids think very little about race. David said when we were kids there was black music and white music. Today, black and white kids basically listen to the same music.
A friend who works in shopping malls has witnessed an abundance of multiracial families. It appears Dr Martin Luther King’s dream has come true. Blacks and whites are walking together in brotherhood.
So, who keeps stirring the waves of discontent, making “race” a big deal? Answer, the mainstream media, politicians seeking to exploit race to get-their-way and those seeking to get-paid. Disgusting!
Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American