This is my godson. He is 8 years old. Sometimes he’s a darling, sometimes not so much (or so his parents say, I can’t corroborate those stories). Last year he was quite taken with this physician’s kit he got for Christmas. This year, not so much. He’s in the boy scouts. He was invested this year and took the pledge to do his best, to serve his country, help other people and keep the boy scouts law. His skin is brown, he likes being a big brother, and adores his big brother. He used to be very shy but he’s become more talkative and outgoing with age. When you see him, what do you think?

0 thoughts on “A Boy, a Child, a Human Being”

  1. The potential to be anything he wants to be in this life, a doctor or even the president of the United States. I see potential to be courted, molded, and blessed to help himself, his family, and his community. We have to put positive energy out there in the universe for our children. There are no limits to their potential if treated right and just.

  2. I love the clean cut, the beautiful skin, remind me of the days when the folks rub the children skin with coconut oil, which makes it smooth and fresh forever.

    He seems to be very smart, loves to dig in and discover. I agree with the first writer. I see potential to go and make a positive difference. Reaching for deeper depts and higher heights. Blessings to you young man.

  3. Thanks for all of your comments. Yesterday across the blogosphere bloggers were asked to post something related to the Trayvon Martin case that has sparked so much media attention in the US. I wanted to post an image that did not speak directly to the most overused, almost becomming cliche themes of the issue (the hoodie) but to impress another image on people’s psyche. Stereotypes are mental shortcuts that have developed because they are efficient sometimes in helping us to make quick judgements. They can also be inefficient at best, harmful, life threatening at most. When you see a young black child, a black boy, a black man, what do you think? My hope is for people to be more mindful of their stereotypes and reflect on how they can expand their minds to consider alternative beliefs. Racism is not a gun, or a whip or a set of laws, it is attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that enslave and oppress us.

  4. Did not see this until today. Pity you did not show the mother’s face and the pride that I am sure was mirrored on it. He really looks cute, As you pointed out the potential is there to be any thing that he wants to be.

    You look at him, and it makes you a little more aware of the the trauma that the Martins have to deal with on the tragic death of their son. Just look at C. and imagine him being cut down at at seventeen or any other age. Unthinkable

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