When my grandparents found out my mom was dating a black guy they threatened to put all her stuff on the sidewalk.
She married him anyway & in 2008 my grandparents PROUDLY voted for Obama.
People grow & evolve. Give space for that.
I feel very lucky to have grown up in an interracial family.
It was my grandfather who walked me down the aisle at my wedding because my dad was marrying Seth & I.
My grandpa passed way 7 years ago, but he was the second best man I knew growing up.
He would carry a copy of my first book in his pants, & would pull it out for strangers. “This was written by my granddaughter!” He’d say beaming.
My parents have now been married 39 years and have exemplified for me what a marriage should be. My dad will tell you today that my grandpa became a father to him. They loved each other.
Grace in this journey toward racial reconciliation will be crucial. It is holy work.
This post originally appeared at I’m That Wife: Marriage & Motherhood, published with permission.