Even the Archie comics (Archie, Reggie, Veronica, Betty, etc.) liked everything opposite of their parents. This would be called a best practice by the time I was a teenager. Most of us liked rock and roll while our parents still liked country but it wasn't unheard of, if an occasional song was played and enjoyed by both. Obviously, you didn't brag about it, but everyone could sing along in the car.
Growing up, there were certain things that went without saying: You fly on a plane - you dress up. You go to church - you dress up. You go to meet your boyfriend's parent's and are unsure what to wear - you wear a skirt because you can NEVER be overdressed. (I still remember a friend's mother telling me that). You go to work - you wear a dress. You go to school (right up until 7th grade for me) - you wear a dress unless it is 15 degrees or colder and then you may wear pants under your dress. Where ever you went - there most always was a rule book to follow - work (employee handbook); school (school handbook); church (church directory with introductions, instructions, etc.); airplane (you went to a travel agent, silly).
Now, when I fly on a plane, while I am grateful that I don't have to dress up, I may be the only one dressed. It is amazing what some people feel comfortable flying in. Apparently it is frowned on to stare or take pictures with your IPhone while pretending to take a "selfie" so that you can send same picture to your sister. This much I have been told.
Church - I am old school and still like to wear a dress but I am just glad to see other's join me in worship, regardless of attire. One thing I have been noticing lately is that others (over the age of 2) beside the Pastor are bringing drinks in during the service. I don't mean alcoholic drinks (other than communion...at least that I am aware of). The occasional water bottle didn't surprise me (I have often longed for one during my marathon hymn singing) but more recently I have seen canned soda. Again, I have been discouraged from 1) bringing in my Sonic and asking for a cupholder; 2) setting up a concession stand near the entrance of the church even though I thought it could possibly be a fundraiser for the offering plate and 3) asking everyone to pick up their trash around the pew before they leave. FINE.
Work - yes as recently as 1992 (and most of you can figure out where I was working) it was required that I wear a dress to work. The CEO at the time said to one of the ladies "you don't want to look like a boy, do you"? Same CEO kept liquor in the cabinet but that is another blog topic. There were only three of us that were female working there at that time and two of us were single mothers so we just waited until he retired. It's not always as equal out there as one would think. Now, dress codes are vague at best and I was once criticized for undermining diversity by asking that our employees present a clean and non-threatening appearance. Interesting......
Finally - there is nothing concrete about our rules anymore. They are as fluid as the Internet. You must be vigilant about checking on-line for changes because that is where you will find employee handbooks, school expectations and church affiliations and beliefs. AND IGNORANCE OF ANY OF THE ABOVE IS NO EXCUSE.
|She is even wearing my glasses!|
I think you get the gist. I have resorted to retaliatory methods but the best was when she couldn't find her workout spandex shorts. Guess who was wearing them?
Until next time -