The child you see is Chadrick, a first generation Jamaican-American.
You’d assume, as did I, that he was a Black child from a Ward 7 Washington, D.C school. That was until Chadrick opened his mouth and a thick, beautiful Jamaican accent poured out as we walked from the arrival field to the dining hall to begin his NatureBridge experience in Prince William Forest Park.
“Dis does not look like any-ting from dee picture,” he said to me as we walked under the newly leafed-out beeches, maples and oaks of spring in Prince William Forest Park.
“Oh yeah?” I asked, “Well what did the picture look like?”
“Dere were no leaves in dee picture,” he’d respond, “Dis is beautiful!”
I smiled wide in agreement and said, “Yes it is.”
The gifted smile was soon replaced by confusion as my new favorite little human began acting out during our first activity, called “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish.” The activity is designed similarly to a relay race, so kids work together to retrieve a prized object, which in this case was a multi-colored bear named Rico (or as the rainbow bear was introduced, ‘un oso de muchos colores y culturas’).