Today while getting the boys ready my son Kevin poked my chest and looked at me and said, "Daddy, I wish I had this." I looked down at my chest and asked, "Wish you had what?" He looked at me and said, "I wish I had skin like you and Mommy." (For those of you who don't know my wife and I are white, and our triplet boys who we adopted are half white/half Mexican and have beautiful light brown skin).
I asked Kevin, "Why do you want skin like me and Mommy?" He replied, "Because I want to be like you." I knew that when we adopted children that didn't look like us that we would someday get these questions from our boys. I knelt down and looked into his little brown eyes and said, "Kevin, you know we've always spoken about all skin colors being beautiful. The only difference between you and me is that Heavenly Father gave you a tan before he sent you down to earth."
Kevin thought for a moment and then a big smile came over his face. He gently grabbed my face and asked, "So....Jesus took me to the beach before sending me to you?" It was so sweet and innocent, and he said it with so much sincerity that I grabbed him, gave him a hug, and laughed. I replied back, "Yes, you went to the beach with Jesus."
As Kevin started imagining all the things he and his brothers did with Jesus on the beach I thought about how life could be a little better if we were all just happy with the way we look, and always find ways to find the beauty in others......