Our school counselors are the best! They initiated a “Kindness Month” and this last week they encouraged everyone to dress up differently every day. Monday was green for kindness. Tuesday was Super Hero or Camo day. Today was “Mix It Up.” As I was getting dressed this morning, I kept this in mind and thought that the combination I came up with would be obviously “mixed up.” I put my compression socks on the outside of my pants and wore my hair up.
The impact of my outfit was interpreted as ‘cute’. People were telling my to wear my hair up more often. A couple of students who regularly wear high heeled knee length boots and other goth-like outfits said I should continue with this ‘style.’ This led to the idea that they should start a show for teachers on “What Not To Wear.” They seemed very excited about this opportunity.
These counselors unwittingly provided another kindness; the kindess of changing up my frumpy outfits and hair. I was also given much kindness from my students and colleagues in their encouragement and compliments.