mom, why am i brown?

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Lastnight, while we were having dinner, my son asked me this question. I was really surprise of the question but i nonchalantly responded: why do you ask?

son: i am just curious…when i was born, was i already brown?

i: of course you are already brown, why? dont you like it?

son: i like it, i was just wondering as to why others are lighter and darker than me..some people say to me, i am tan..what does tan mean? does it mean brown?

i: yes, that is what they meant.. they are telling you that they like it..

son: ahh, am i brown because i wash my hands and shower a lot of times?

I was trying not to laugh while explaining to him because i know this is a very important question to him: son, that is your color because that is our family’s is just like the…

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