Growing up,it was quite obvious that my mom and dad had different ethnicity's. My mom, who is welsh, danish, German, etc., is a short little lady who does have dark brown hair, but green eyes. She gets fairly tan, but still, you can tell she is Caucasian.
My dad, is American Indian, Spanish (from Spain they say) and Mexican-Indian. The whole dark beady eye, thick black hair, saggy baggy cheeks, Indian beak nose, and moccasins. Ok, so not really the moccasins. He looks a lot like this guy. (Geronimo meets the 2000's.
My grandma, my dad's mother is a short little American Indian lady, who will tell you, is "built like a brick shithouse." She married my grandfather in the sixties, so while he is not biologically related, he is, in every sense of the word, my grandfather.
We call him Pompa. He hails straight from the hollers' of Pennsylvania. He wears white undershirts and jeans, complete with big belt buckles. He is tall and skinny. He has sideburns that sometimes attach to his moustache. He zips one-liners all day, in a hillbilly accent. It's hilarious.
As long as I can remember, my Pompa would sit down with me, and we would go over my "blood." I would count off my fingers and say "I have Indian blood, Mexican blood, American blood, and donkey blood." Yes, I said donkey. Why? I dunno
I got a little older and never really mentioned it any more, my bloodline, but it was always in the back of my mind. Donkey blood, really?
So, when I was around twelve, we went back out there for a visit. A bunch of us were sittin at the table, and I asked him why I had donkey blood.
He laughed until he choked, and said
"I damn near pissed ma' pants. Hollywood, you don't have donkey blood, you have HONKEY blood!!!
All my childhood, I had been thinking and trying to figure just where the "donkey" part of my blood came in, but really, it was honkey?(which is "Used as a disparaging term for a white person.") I never knew it as bad, after all that's what he called my mom, that and Old Lady. He used "honkey" left and right, when uh, he was as white skinned as they come, blonde hair and blue eyes.
I still, to this day, as stubborn as I am, think he really meant donkey.