After getting home from the beach a couple of weeks ago, my son R developed a fascination with my freckles. He kept asking me why I had all of those brown spots and he didn’t. Now…I have to say that I have never liked my freckles and have always longed for a brown deep tan …it was quite amusing to me to have him be jealous of my freckles – which, after 7 days in the sun, were out in full force despite sunscreen with SPF of 50!
This is the first time I had to address the identity issues in adoption. Clearly he and I are from different backgrounds (and he was noticing the differences). I told him that I had “Irish” skin. Then he (smart boy) asked me if I was from Irish like he was from Russia. So then I said, no but my mom’s mother and father were from Ireland and people from Ireland had freckles. I told him that he had skin like people from Russia (just like M & L)…
That seemed to appease him and he hasn’t asked me about it since.
It has given me a much different impression of my freckles?