Because I am American. Because in America I can never be just American. Because I am not White, but I have been told by others, “I just think of you as White.” Because when I am in India, I am American, but when I am in America, they ask me “Where are you from?” and they are not satisfied when I reply, “Delaware.”
Because I have never wanted to live anywhere else, but I have always thought it might be easier to live somewhere else. Because I am married to a White, atheist, half Jew/ half Christian man. Because my children are part of us both and something else entirely. Because I don’t know what neighbordhood any of us belong in.
Because I love America and need so very badly for America to change. Because I work hard to love Americans by helping Americans to change their communities, their organizations, their minds, and their hearts.
Because I know I am not alone in my aloneness. Because I am not unique, though there is only one of me. Because blogging used to be cool, so I have to start doing it now that it’s not.
Welcome to American Incarnations.