The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Is This Tacky?

So, I was watching Punk today and realized that his "long sleeve" shirt was looking a lot more like a 3/4-length! He doesn't have many long sleeves left over from last winter, and all of them require a certain stretching of the truth whenever we refer to them as "long-sleeved." So, I ran right out to Once Upon a Child and stocked up. This evening I was looking through my purchases and really looked at this shirt:

At first glance, it's just a cute t-shirt. Perhaps it's a subtle message about uniqueness? But, it's also a bearish representation of our family. White daddy, white mama, white child, brown child. Is that reading too much into it? Is it still just a cute shirt? Or, does it make too much of a big deal about something we see as normal, but which others have questions about? Is it not PC for a multi-racial family to have a son who wears this shirt? Help me out!


Nolta Family said...

Hi Rachel,
I love it. I think he should wear it proud! Don't worry about what anyone else thinks.
Kristie (a long-time blog stalker)

andreawilliams said...

i love the shirt. I don't think its tacky at all. I am not sure that people woudl even read into it too much and even if they do it would be a great conversation starter. You may even shed some light on adoption and families.

Anonymous said...

I think it's ok...I might not have him wear it when you're all out at a fair or something. It IS a cute shirt, I think you're just trying to be sensitive to your little girlie. I guess I really don't know what to say! Lot of help I've been!! Denise :)

Melodie said...

Let him wear it Rachel! I think it's ironic you didn't notice it when you bought it. I also think it's funny that anyone would make a shirt like that - are multi-racial families becoming THAT common? If not, what DOES the shirt mean???

Tanya said...

I love the shirt!

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued