“An Interracial Family” or Just “A Family?”

The Next Family

By: Amy Wise

There are so many types of families, and my family just so happens to fall into the “category” of “Interracial Family.”  It’s funny to me that we label each other like we do…interracial family, gay family, single Dad family, divorced family…you get the idea.  Aren’t we all just families?  I’m white, my husband is black and our daughter is a mix of the two of us, so yes, that makes us interracial, but the rest of it goes a little like this: eighteen years ago two people met, fell in love, got married, had a baby, and lived happily ever after.  If you heard that story, you wouldn’t know we were interracial, it would just be a story about any family anywhere.  The fact of the matter is we ARE interracial.  So what does that really mean?  Aside from the obvious, to me it means a deeper love than one could ever know, a bond, a connection, and an understanding between two people from totally different worlds, that became one because of one thing, and one thing only….LOVE.  It seems so simple doesn’t it?  Simple…..not so much!  Trust me, nobody goes into a relationship and says, “I think I’ll fall in love with someone from a different race, so I can deal with all the challenges that go along with that on a day to day basis.”  But really, how do you stop love?  You don’t.  Falling in love is just that, “falling” in love!  My husband and I have been married for seventeen years, and our beautiful daughter is now fifteen.  It’s been a road like no other, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s hard to describe how I feel about my family.  The love is so deep, it’s hard to put into words.  It grows more by the year, and challenge after challenge we become stronger as a family.  So whatever “mix” of a family you might be, no matter what “label” you fall under, the true definition of family, be it, interracial, gay, divorced, adopted, or otherwise is…..LOVE!Yes, we are an “Interracial Family,” but really we are “A FAMILY” just like you, and you and you!

Amy Wise is a Freelance writer in San Diego, you can read more on the www.themanyshadesoflove.blogspot.com

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