This is one of my personal favorites. I am into hearts this year. This has the shape of a heart and I often put my pink heart earrings here to find them easily.
Somehow or other, I thought it was illegal to ask your race. Then again, every form has race and gender boxes. I was watching a video by a young Latina who described her dilemma when filling out these forms. People from Spanish speaking countries come from many mixes of people, so...what then is Lationo/Latina?
I fill out the form as a 'white', although I am never comfortable with that. It always rankles me! Didn't Hitler make it a point to kill all those Jews because Jews weren't white? So, when did I become white? When I moved to Florida? In fact, the only time I have ever been white was when I moved to Florida.
Instead of focusing on 'race', people can ask: what makes you human?
I don't really celebrate holidays. But the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. The one memory I keep close to my heart is when I lived in Jersey City. We were in the Heights, on the ridge so you could see across the Hudson and watch the NYC fireworks. People rented their rooftops!
This was an old historic district of the city with some houses dating back to the 1700s.
This particular Fourth, I went outside my apartment to join everyone on the cobblestone road leading to Hoboken. When I looked around, people were standing together, in joy and peace, watching the fireworks. People from everywhere. This touched my heart, and I hold it in memory and return to the feeling each Fourth. People were just being themselves, relaxed with their families and sharing this holiday together.
I try to recreate this particular event for myself throughout the year. United under the stars. Just humans sharing life together.