One of my favorite portrayals of interracial romance on TV is Jane The Virgin’s Jane Villanueva and Michael Cordero Jr., played by Gina Rodriguez and Brett Dier. Jane and Michael had their fair share of issues (granted, this is a telenovela), but the respect and love that Michael brought to the relationship was swoon-worthy. From reciting his vows in Spanish to respecting Jane’s needs to helping her abuela avoid deportation, I rooted for their partnership every step of the way.
“Packed and ready to go?” I yell from the kitchen, up to my elbows in suds. Scrubbing a baking pan free of burnt crust reminds me of Arnold. Nostalgia and grief still my hand for a moment that passes with a shake of my head.
“Hardy har har.” Regina sweeps into the kitchen, followed by Rain. “Can you imagine how weird we would look? A pair of floating suitcases.” Regina opens her mouth in realization and excitement and turns to Rain, only to be cut off with a firm no.
“Terrifying the villagers will have to wait. I can’t believe both of you are leaving the nest,” Guy needles from my bedroom door.
“You can go too, you know. See the world and all that.” My suggestion hurts my heart, but it’s the right thing to do. Guy moves his head side to side as if to weigh his options.
“Nah. I got it good here. Free apartment, food, and you.” Subtle, but sweet. “You’re a regular sugar mama,” he continues and slaps my butt. Well, I guess it’s time to find a new boyfriend.