Human Family


As I was turning on my ePodium and preparing for today’s lecture, I greeted one of my students as she walked in class. I work to make eye contact and speak to each of my students as they walk through the door. Today was no different.

I get inspired by my students’ wardrobe choices and love watching how they express themselves. Today brought a bit of a shock though.

I’ve seen a millennial sporting a RUN DMC t-shirt on the streets of Hangzhou, China.

I’ve seen breakdancing at a restaurant in Laos.

I’ve even heard this phrase while walking down the street in Sydney, Australia.

But, I wasn’t expecting to see it or hear it in my classroom in Saudi Arabia.

Today in real life,
in Saudi Arabia,
in my classroom,
a student walked in with an “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT” t-shirt.

So, after I picked up my jaw from the ground, this moment reminded me of three things:

#1 Globalization is happening–especially in pop culture.

#2 Dr. Maya Angelou was right.  “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

#3 We all love a good laugh.

7 x 30

Human Family by Dr. Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

6 thoughts on “Human Family

  1. I strongly believe there is a blessing and a curse with media, especially social media. One would wonder how any times has your student watched the video, and how many times has she laughed! Media is by far one of the greatest things our generation no matter what part of the world, will ever see! Fun story!

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    1. You are so right, big sis! Media is definitely opening the door to connect us in a greater way. I do wonder how many times she watched it. Hahaha! That shocked me for sure! Thanks for reading and commenting. Love ya!


  2. This is so true! By the way how is the weather in Saudi Arabia?
    Its about 44° in Stillwater five a minutes after 12 noon.

    Have a blessed day Sis! 💖

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  3. Sweet Brown is very expressive and colorful in her
    interview, it’s the first time I saw the video today! Cracked up, I love Maya’s poem. The internet and social media, all of us to connect in some way, if we desire to. Blessings

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    1. Hahaha! Yes she is colorful and expressive for sure! She’s really something else. Social media definitely connects us all. That poem from Maya is my favorite of hers. I just love it! Thanks for the comment, Daddio!


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