253/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. Most of my friends are white. Yeah, I said it. I’ve been told that I have sold out as I don’t hang with my own kind?!! Wow, that’s a whole lot of subtleties in one statement! My question – how does one sell out their own ethnicity?? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Just because a lot of my friends are white means I have left my ethnicity behind? Uhm, no. I have similarities with people who enjoy the same thing as me and the majority just happen to be of a different skin colour than my own. As well, I don’t consciously choose my friends based on skin colour – I choose them based on looks (LOL, I kid, I kid). I actually have very cool Indian friends. And Chinese friends. And Filipino friends. And Black friends. And white friends too. Finally, I wasn’t raised very Indian even though I came from an Indian family. No fault of my own. I am being true to myself – not denying my ethnicity. My soul sister who I believe totally gets me is Orene. This awesome, funky, cool, stunning black girl understands that your outside skin colour doesn’t define who you are as a person. We became friends about 15 years ago but were not as close as we are over the last year or so. Because of other friendship dynamics, we didn’t really keep in touch with each other personally as sides were taken over friendship breakups but we always were on the same side of friendship ourselves and reconnected over Facebook. Even that connection was slightly superficial so we took it upon ourselves to meet for lunch which turned out to be an afternoon of craft beers and Top Model posing on the streets sometime last year. We then started bonding over our love of The Walking Dead and Orphan Black and bringing back others into our fold that we had also lost touch with. Orene is honestly another sister from another mister as she gets what it is like to be a person who is defined by most others by your outside skin colour but really colour really has nothing to do with who we are except that we are human beings that should be seen as that first. We are both fortunate that we have the majority of people in our lives who fall in the latter category and see us for who we are and not our stunning complexions 😉 Orene is also just a great ego booster for me – I can do no wrong in her eyes but on those rare occasions, she tells me like it is. But I gotta boost her ego – she is an amazing mom and creates amazing clothing for herself and her kids as well as a fashion bag line while still working outside the home. Yeah, she does it all. I am so very glad we reconnected and even more glad that I am sharing tonight’s Walking Dead finale with you and yours!! To our continued friendship Orene!!