Thursday, December 06, 2007
odd banana out.
"so i am a banana. being a banana is not bad at all. there are many advantages to being one. it is a unique fruit that has its own characteristics, way of growth, and way of presenting itself to the world. it is a distinct member of the fruit family. it is sweet and satisfying. i love being a banana. and have you ever noticed that after peeling back a its golden yellow skin, the ripe pulp of a banana is actually a shade of pale yellow? a harmonious mixture of yellow and white together in a sweet, wonderful fruit. it's a nice color, perfectly acceptable, but not many people notice it. here's my final question: if i am a banana, unique, sweet, wonderful...what kind of fruit are you?"
me too. albeit, i'm technically supposed to be a "chocolate covered banana", but there's nothing i can really do about it. i wasn't born with dark skin like other filipinos and there have been times when i looked in the mirror and wondered why, but none of that really matters to me anymore. so what if i'm paler than other filipinos and people have to ask me whether or not i'm filipino rather than just knowing? that's just who i am. and no matter what, i will always be filipino. there's nothing anyone can do to take that away from me. and nothing can change the fact that i'm american either. i've thought about whether i'm more filipino or more american, but my answer is never constant. one day i can be more filipino than the next and on another i can be completely, as kathleen would put it, white-washed. that's just who i am. and, well, i kinda really like it.