He asked with the most humble voice leaning cautiously against the post of a grass-roofed tiki-hut, “May I ask you a question before I go?”
“Someone told me once when I was little that it is wrong to stand next to a white person. It has never left my mind. Is that true?”
-No, not at all.
“I see that when I talk to you last night it was okay. So I thought maybe it wasn’t true.”
-It’s not true. The world is changing. Maybe for the older generation they thought that was true, but it is changing with us – the young people. When you have kids I don’t think you’ll tell them that.
“I won’t tell them that.” And he shakes his head no with passion and in deep agreement.
-We are changing things. The world is getting better.
“Now that I talked to you that is out of my mind.” He looks seriously at me with honesty and makes a motion with his hand as if pulling a long-engrained thought out of his mind and tossing it out forever.
—– a conversation between Tony and Sarah in Mole St. Nicolas February 4, 2010