Mami feed the horses now? [Art note: Central American mother working at the barns on the backstretch of a race course at dawn; drops toddler off at day care.]
Yes, my beauty.
And when I pick you up you can ride on my back and shout, "Giddy up, giddy up!"
Daddy go to school now? [Little boy helping his Anglo dad put his belt through the loopholes]
Yes, my kiddo.
And when I come home we will go to the playground and if there's enough wind fly our kite in the park.
Mi Granny go on the train now? [Jamaican Grandmother taking the train; works in a healthcare setting]
Yes, my sweet potato.
And tomorrow we will dig in the garden and plant seeds so our vegetables will grow.
Poppy Eat, Eat now? [Greek-American father putting on his restaurant T-shirt & baseball cap]
Yes, my little man.
And tomorrow let's make strawberry smoothies in the blender. Or would you prefer blueberry?
Má go the store now? [Vietnamese mom as cashier in a shop]
Yes, my cô gái.
And when I pick you up we can stop at the pet shop. Remember the goldfish and clownfish swimming in their bowls?
Pop Pop go to the white house now? [Indian doorman working at a white brick apartment building]
Yes, my princess.
And when we get home we can build a skyscraper up and up and up to the clouds.
Dada work, dada work, dada work! [Hispanic dad putting on his butcher's apron]
Si, mi pollito.
And tonight we can roll the meat in our palms to make big, round meatballs. Or should we cook chicken?
Mama go sing for the people now? [Anglo mother off to work in the late afternoon for her night job singing in a theater.]
Yes, my baby.
And when I see you in the morning we will sing Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', and dance around the living room.
Papa ride the train now? [Chinese father in a business suit works in a downtown office building.]
Yes, my angel.
And when I get home tonight I will read you a bedtime story. Which book will you choose? Put it somewhere special. Keep it safe. I will see you later. I will see you soon.