A mother and her daughter talk about colour and confidence
by Pranuthi Bunyan | With a poem by Sanchitha Rahael Sathyadass
As a mother, I have heard people come up to us and make statements such as, “Your younger son has a better colour than the others!” And this would at most times be in front of the kids. It’s ridiculous!
Our three kids, Sanchitha (12 years), Tharan (9) and Vivaan (3) are three different shades. We consciously reinforce to them that each shade is precious–one chocolate, one coffee and one caramel!
Also, we emphasize that God has created each one fearfully and wonderfully and makes no mistakes!
While there are people who are around who make senseless statements, there have also been others who have been an encouragement. There was an opportunity last Christmas when the two eldest kids were featured in a music video. Opportunities such as these and focus on their inner strengths and gifts, have been the main factors in developing a confidence that we have seen, especially in Sanchu over the last few years. We hope that the two boys will also develop their strengths and live as confident people.
When asked to write for Dark is Beautiful, Sanchu was apprehensive initially. But when we told her that this was helping to campaign for a cause that it would help bring awareness to several others and help create a world that is free of discrimination on the basis of colour, especially for the next generations, she cheerfully agreed! In a matter of minutes, she said a little prayer and had the poem thought out, typed out and formatted!
Amazing this way
by Sanchitha Rahael Sathyadass, age 12
Black or white,
Red or blue,
We are the same,
And that is true.
Face washes and soaps,
Make you think that
You should glow.
Washing your face
And applying cream
You look amazing
Just this way,
Cause dark is beautiful,
And that’s what we say.