This whole conversation on hair began at a dinner when my niece’s fiancee shared how he preferred her natural hair over the relaxed version. The both of them are a beautiful example of unity in diversity. It’s so beautiful when someone sees your true beauty and encourages you to be yourself. I don’t know about you, but if two young lawyers from Georgetown have managed to overcome cultural barriers to instead see the love within another, are respecting each others diversity, giving their wedding gifts to charity, and using their talents for the betterment of humanity, then I say our future is bright.
My future nephew already calls me “Aunt Barbara” and my sister “Mom”. He shared how he intended to teach their future children about their culture and my niece commented that he knew even more than she did about African-American history. My niece is a beaming bright light in her own right, kind, generous, outgoing, and radiant with a mature and balanced sense of self. She and her fiance are in the midst of planning for their September wedding which will have two ceremonies to honor both of their backgrounds. They shared the Hindi wedding tradition of the couple “giving gifts” to the aunts and asked if I would like a saree or sari. Of course I said, “Yes!” I am so excited about the merging of our families and the merging of our cultures.
Unity in Diversity
Some things changed while others stay the same. For example in marrying my niece he had to break from the Indian tradition of “arranged marriages,” but will keep the tradition of the grandparents playing a big role in the rearing of the children. In fact his parents shared how they were willing to move wherever the couple settles to be there to take care of the grandchildren. And, they are not doing it out of a sense of duty and tradition, but one of love, service, and family unity. Now that’s a lesson in diversity that I hope catches on!
I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires. To find out more about me check out: What Does Barbara Do? or visit my website.