Meeting new friends via social media, it is easier to be racially color blind. Although sometimes the name gives away a clue, or I peruse our newfound friend’s profile to see where they live, I often find myself developing a casual relationship with someone even though I have no idea what they look like or where in the world they call home.
It’s cute when a friend tweets “Good morning!” when I’m getting ready to go to bed. I have an instant clue that they live on the other side of the world. Sometimes a name makes me think someone is male, when in fact they’re female, or vice versa. Imagine my shock when I realize someone I thought was a Republican turns out to be a Democrat!
If I’m reading an entire blog post by one of my faraway friends, the way they string words together can give me a clue as to where they are. But I’m no linguist… beyond identifying what parts of the country say pop and which say soda, and knowing what countries spell color with a u, I’m clueless.
This cluelessness is a good thing, though. It’s better to base a relationship on common interests and personalities than to rely on a person’s physical appearance.
Months ago, I was exchanging comments on a blog post with someone whose posts I’d read before. After a few exchanges, I started to wonder… Is she black?
Re-reading her posts, I really couldn’t tell. There was nothing obvious. Even when I was looking for some colloquial clue, there was none there.
But the idea stuck with me. It seemed to me that she was black.
It turned out I was right. I don’t remember whether I ended up seeing a picture, or found some obvious clue, or whether I simply asked. But that was really the end of my wondering. It was no more important than if I’d discovered she has a pet cockatiel. Interesting, sure. Important? No.
Not unless the next prompt turns out to be about domesticated birds.
This post was written in response to a Write On Edge prompt about colloquialisms.
I deserve some kudos here… I actually wrote this memoir in the first person, which is a huge challenge for me lol!
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