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I’m writing this article while we are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, if not all of us, are social distancing, some of us are in communities or states on full lockdown. Staying home close to full time, except for going outside for walks, exercise and essentials, has become our modus operandi for the time being.

I’ve always been the above average tall girl with shoulders of a linebacker and a tomboy(ish) streak. Since the time I was old enough to win the battle of the pigtails hairstyle with my mother I’ve worn my hair short to super short.

It still doesn’t make me a sir.

It was a long yearning to live in the United States. It probably is for many. As a kid, I wished to see what the people looked like, how they lived, how they talked, how similar or different things would be in America than in India.

As an adult, I haven’t been much of a writer and putting this blog post together was a stretch.  Come on; it’s the first post from the Diversity Committee. From the black woman on the committee. Would this set the tone for how the committee would operate?  Was everything going to be about race? A “woe is me” to the struggles of being a minority in Polka Dot Powerhouse? *sigh*