I was honestly thrilled when I saw this ad. I think this is such a brave and beautiful message for a large brand like Honey Maid to share. Beyond my fondness for their Graham Crackers, I am proud to be supporting Honey Maid and the #thisiswholesome campaign as it demonstrates such a positive image of people we love and care about and our little family as well.
|Tina Norton Photography|
I think of our family as wholesome, but it saddens me to know that there are plenty of people in the world who would look at us and see things differently.
As a mixed-race couple I am happy to say we have not had any negative experiences, at least that we are aware of. But the reality is, even in 2014, there are places that as a family we may think twice about visiting, there are people in the world who will view us negatively because of the color of our skin and we do worry about our children and experiences they may encounter in their lives.
Beyond the differences in our skin are the other differences in our family unit. The cute boy in that photo is my step-son and we co-parent with his mom. The little girl in my tummy will be his half-sister.
Our backgrounds are also different. My husband calls himself "brown"; he grew up with a black father and a white mother who were married until his Dad passed away 12 years ago. My parents divorced when I was three and re-married when I was five. He grew up in a house with 2 parents, I grew up in 2 houses with 4 parents. He has a "whole" sibling and 6 half siblings. I have zero "whole" siblings, 1 half sibling and 2 step-siblings. He grew up LDS, I grew up not attending church. He didn't know any gay people until he was in high school. I have 3 gay family members and was a flower girl in my gay uncle's wedding when I was 11. My family is liberal and granola. His is conservative and traditional.
My point is this: our beauty as humans is made up of our differences. Wholesome is not defined by a picture that fits in a box, but defined by individuals, our beautiful differences and how we choose to share good with the world. Honey Maid understands this and their message can be an inspiration for all of us. #thisiswholesome. May something as simple as a graham cracker be your reminder.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own.