Ej Jematen ri-Majel Kia!
As we were leaving the restaurant on Ebeye the other night, Bubu and Jimma pulled me aside. As the others went ahead Jimma said he had a question for me. He pointed at J and asked, "He's your full brother, not half, not adopted?" I said that J was but asked why he thought that and Jimma said, "You're so much darker than he is- you don't look alike!". I smiled and started to show him my arm, with my tan on one side and pale on the other and to explain that I looked like this since I've been here for four years but I stopped myself halfway through. I pointed at my arm, then at his and said, "Ej jematen ri-Majel kia!" (I'm half Marshallese now!) We all just about died laughing there in the street and when she could talk again, Bubu said that of cousre I was, I'm her daughter from Majuro. Oh, how blessed we are to have Bubu and Jimma for our family!