The other day, I wrote about how diverse a foster or adoptive family can be. Today, I thought I would elaborate on what my family is like. I want people to know that it’s okay to look completely different than the rest of your family members; it makes you unique and each person is special in their own right.
- I am the palest of pale, with light blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m extremely short, measuring exactly five feet tall. Two of my siblings are already taller than me.
- One of my brothers looks just like me, as I mentioned in the other post. Looking at the two of us, you would swear that we were born into the same family. He has blonde hair (slightly darker than mine) and blue eyes as well. He’s much taller than me, which is nice when I need something off of a high shelf, but not so nice when he makes fun of me. (“How’s the weather down there?” Yeah, yeah, he’s such a comedian.)
- My other brother has a pretty amazing background. He’s tri-racial: Caucasian, African American, and Native American. I can tell that he’s going to end up being taller than me as well, but right now I still have a few inches on him.
- My three sisters are all Puerto Rican. The older one has a lighter skin tone than the younger two, but I’m super jealous of the way all three of them tan in the summer. The three of them = gorgeously tan perfection… and then there's me = ghostly pale and then bright red lobster.
So that’s the lowdown on my brothers and sisters… each one of us is totally different, yet somehow you wouldn’t realize that we’re not all biologically related. Since I have the same coloring as my mom, and my dad has olive skin with darker hair and eyes, from a distance all of the kids in my family look as if they got their appearances from one of my parents or a combination of both. It’s pretty funny when people comment on our looks, because I think that if you really took a close look at each of us, you’d realize that we don’t all get our appearances from the same gene pool.
Whether people think your foster or adoptive family look alike, or if they can tell that siblings come from different backgrounds, it shouldn’t make a difference. All that matters is the love and the bond between family members.
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