I occasionally make mention of Jeff Pearlman, the best-selling author (his latest book, in Brett Favre, is a must-read) whom I met through extended family (he is married to our daughter in law’s cousin), very much enjoy being with at family gatherings, and who wrote the liner notes for our book.
Jeff, his just-as-accomplished wife – writer/educator/therapist Catherine – and their beautiful children Emmett and Casey, moved to California last year. As would be expected, everyone made new friends there…
…which brings me to Casey and her close – I am told single best – friend, Yasmin.
These two 13 year olds clearly love each other, and have become inseparable. Not surprisingly, therefore, after school today they will be out together trick-or-treating.
But the way they will do so is something I would like you to know about.
See, Casey is White and Jewish. Yasmin is Black and Muslim.
So these are the outfits they decided to trick-or-treat in (both pictures taken by mom Catherine):
What do they call their super-hero personas? Juslims, that’s what. The “JM” stands for Jewish-Muslim.
Jeff and Catherine – along with, I have no doubt, Yasmin’s parents – are as proud as they can be. I don’t blame them one little bit.
But there is more to be proud of than these two young women, who could not care less about skin color or religious background; only that they love being with each other.
Let’s be proud of – give all credit in the world to – both sets of parents. For such a friendship to exist, they must have taught their children to judge people as individuals rather than components of groups. If Yasmin and Casey had been taught intolerance based on skin color and/or religion, their beautiful friendship would not have happened.
And let’s also be proud of our country. Think about how many places in the world a friendship like this could not possibly take place. And, if it did, what would happen to both friends.
We all have our problems with the way things are here. But it is good to remember what we have, which Yasmin and Casey are living examples of.
(NOTE: There is a political component to this story as well. I am choosing not to discuss it. My only interest is the friendship and what it means).