I don’t mean that literally; I mean that I think Luke potentially doesn’t see skin color. I know that lots of kids are beautifully made that way, but I’m starting to think that Luke has an extreme case of it.
Early in the school year, they did a unit in school about about skin color and how people are alike and different. Then, they did an activity where they chose from a group of different skin-tone paint colors and make a self portrait on a paper plate. My friend Mara (and Luke’s friend Jackson’s mom) was there the day they did the project, and she was working with Luke and tried to help him find a paint that was maybe a better fit, but this is what he chose (don’t mind the glasses…no one is quite sure why he gave himself a pair):
It’s hard to tell in this picture without the other kids’ displayed next to his, but he seriously made himself as dark or darker than the Indian girl and Guatemalan boy in his class. And he’s in the top three palest kids
ever in his class.
It continued in May, when I got my Mother’s Day artwork (he still gave me brown hair because this was before summer highlighting had commenced):
I was easily the darkest “mom” painting of them all. Isn’t this funny?