Right now Baby Girl is learning about Thanksgiving, Pilgrims and Indians. I’m sure like every other elementary school age child. Yesterday I got a note home from school that they need parent volunteers for next Friday because they are going to have a Pow-wow for the students. Each class will rotate through eight stations learning about Native American culture.
All of that reminded me of when she was about two and a half. At the time I was working with a lady that had grew up on the Reservation north of us. She invited us to come to the Pow-wow being held on the Reservation. I had never been to one and I thought it would be fun and a good experience for Baby Girl so we decided to go.
We really talked it up to Baby Girl and told her we were going to visit the Indians and they were going to sing and dance. She was really excited. It is a little over an hour drive from our house and she was getting kind of anxious so as we got closer we kept asking her to look for the Indians in the woods along the way.
We finally got there and got her out of the car. She started looking all around and I asked her if she was excited. She looked at me and asked, “where’s Peter Pan?”
We, as parents, are clearly stellar at teaching cultural diversity.