It is What it Is


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

“Have you told your parents?” she asked, toying with the straw in her milkshake.

He shook his head.  “Not yet.”

She sighed.  “How long are you going to keep putting it off?”

“I promise, I will tell them—when the time’s right.”

“And when will that be?”

“I don’t know.  My parents are old fashioned…”

“So, they won’t accept me because I’m Japanese.   I’m American too.”

“They’re not racist, it’s just…”

“It’s just what?”

“They don’t believe in races mixing.”

That’s racist.”

“Look, today’s the Fourth of July.  Let’s just celebrate.”

She stood up.  “You can celebrate.  I’m leaving.”




100 Words


This was written for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields For more details, visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.


I wish everyone in America and Americans living abroad a Happy Fourth of July!

33 thoughts on “It is What it Is

  1. Dear Adele,

    We had a Japanese daughter in law. When the marriage broke up it broke my heart. Sadly she turned out to be unfaithful…had nothing to do with race. Hopefully he’ll find the courage before it’s too late. Nicely done.



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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I’m sorry to hear about your daughter-in-law and how heartbroken you were about the broken marriage. It must have been devastating for your son too. And you’re right, some things have nothing to do with race. Hopefully, Ben will do what he needs to do to save his relationship with Tamiko. Thanks 🙂



  2. Lots of non-racists kids have to put up with the racism of their parents. Either the parents learn to accept who their child loves, or they will lose their child. Hoping the parents wise up, and I hope Ben grows a spine soon.

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  3. My son is dating a Lebanese girl whose parents have no clue as they are zero tolerant of her dating outside of the Muslim faith (which she doesn’t practice…) It is a sad situation.

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  4. This is a story that plays out too frequently in many areas. How to break the news to the parents whom the child knows are going to be upset. Not an easy situation for that child knowing that there’s the possibility of being estranged from his parents *or* disappointing the girl he loves. If Tomika is so quick to walk away now, will she be strong enough for worse situations in the future because rarely does life only offer one major hurdle.

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