|Bizarre trees in Madrid where one of my nieces is living. It is both of my twin nieces' birthdays along with one of my step-niece's birthday|
|Colorful Maya: my rainbow girl|
|Birthday girl Naomi: if only she'd let her hair go natural and lighten up on the make-up|
|6 month Allie|
A few years back, there was a show on PBS Where are you from..or some similar title. As most African-Americans have no idea where they specifically came from, they were targeted. Their DNA was tested and then they were told, you are from this tribe and this region and they would be so happy to know about their past. But now I am a skeptic: always they were found to originate from a single group but most likely they are from several groups. In the US, slaves were split apart so various groups could not communicate with each other, unlike Brazil in which African languages are still spoken. And a whole lot of European blood got mixed in too.
I had considered having my rainbow child Maya tested. On one side: African-American and Native American but in what percentages and from what groups specifically? On the other side: Jewish and various Northern European groups. But until the database is larger, I'll hold off on the testing.
Ah spring. Naomi and I were able to walk around downtown last night without jackets. We went to an Italian restaurant for her birthday dinner, looked in some stores and then went to half price artisanal martini night: she got some coconut-pineapple-lemon concoction; I got a Persephone made from pomegranate and cranberry. Both quite tasty and extra bonus, she barely looked at her phone while we were together. A good night.