I don’t have a land line anymore. My home phone is a cell phone which my daughter takes with her on weekends when she goes with my ex.
When I get a call on the weekend, she handles it so deftly people always remark. She’s a Gemini with Jupiter in Sagittarius and she can definitely talk to anyone. She is 11 but she has no problem chatting up my friends. I try to keep her up to speed with my life, and what’s going on with what is essentially her phone.
“There is a new person calling me,” I said. “His name is Denis, he’s from Cameroon.”
“He’s from Cameroon? Cool.”
“Yeah. His number is restricted so when he calls you won’t see his name. It’ll say restricted and you’ll know it’s him. He also has an accent, so that’s another way you’ll know it’s him.”
“So I just wanted to let you know. If he calls you can give him my other number and you can say hi if you want. Hi Denis from Cameroon. You can say that if you want. You know. He is very easy to talk to. He can handle you. He can handle anything.”
“Mom likes world people,” she said.
“Yes, I do.”
“So do I,” she said. I have a new friend. Her name is “something hard to pronounce”. She’s from Ethiopia.”
“And I have lots of friends from Mexico and I have a friend from Israel… I have friends from all over this planet,” she said.
“Good. That’s how to have a good life. That’s why we live here, so you can meet and know people of all kinds and colors…”
We are very fortunate. People of all types live here, the neighborhoods are not segregated at all so the races mix all the time. And I moved here when I was pregnant for this precise reason (to the city named the most integrated in the United States at the time). I wanted my children to grow up with access to as much diversity as possible and I think it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Do you have access to people from other cultures where you live? And if so do people interact, or do they pretty much stay within their racial groups?