Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
“You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” – Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland
How is it that a person can stand out?
If you act like everyone else around you people will think you are everyone else.
It’s when you are different that you are well, um, different… that is, when you stand out.
Often when you do something that has not been done before, been imagined before the feeling or sentiment is “you’re nuts.”
The early explorers probably got that kind of reaction. People probably said, “That nut Edison is going to kill himself and us, too.”
“Einstein is going to blow us all up.”
“Magellan is going to fall off the end of the world.”
“Mia Mei will never be a good writer.”
Daddy used to think the gadgets in Dick Tracy and on Star Trek were cool but it would be bonkers to think those ‘toys’ would ever be something that people actually used.
I want to be mad. I want to be bonkers. I want to be out front, not behind.
Let people think I am off my head.
But by golly I am going to be one of the best.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.