I attended a training class for all the paraprofessionals at Jenks Public Schools last week. The major takeaway from it was that we can now wear jeans. To work. To school. As classified staff. Every day. Paras only.
Don’t get too excited. You should probably know we are also the only ones who can change diapers. Special Education teachers and the school nurse are the exceptions. They too can change diapers, but they are not allowed to wear jeans.
I have to wonder.what is the logic there? Is there some correlation between the two? Perhaps if you are burdened with the dirtiest job on campus you are rewarded with the most casual, comfortable dress code. 🙂
I’m not really a jeans girl myself. I very rarely wear them. I’ve worn them occasionally on Fridays with my Jenks spiritwear because everyone else does, but I’ll pick a dress or leggings over jeans any day. I don’t find them all that comfortable.
Dress codes. Do you ever really think about them? Why we have them?
What we wear on the outside says alot about who we are on the inside. That’s why many schools utilize uniforms to make everyone look virtually the same. It puts them on a similar playing field. In today’s world, we often are stereotyped by what we wear. Businessmen wear suits. Surgeons wear scrubs. Soldiers wear camo. Ballerinas wear tutus. And paras now wear jeans. 🙂 We can judge a book by its cover. To some degree.
But too many of us hide behind what we wear. How we dress. We often dress to be what we want others to think we are. We dress to draw attention to ourselves in all our insecurities. We dress to push the boundaries, rebel, control rather than be controlled.
Instead let’s all be content with who we are. On the inside. Let’s dress appropriately. For our surroundings. For our age. Let’s dress as God so intended. Dress as to not draw attention to the external with our adorning. Instead let the beauty of our hearts shine through with our true God given beauty, that of a gentle and quiet spirit.
And if you happen to see me in jeans just know what job I may have just finished to earn that right. 🙂 Just saying.
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4
Love and laughter,