Final Report On Dressing For Kindness
I will be posting during this holiday week. Ordinarily I might post 4-5 times, the next few days will probably be lighter, but I'll be here nonetheless.
One last thing I owe you before I get on the road. Remember when I said I would dress for a week thinking of other people's feelings? And most of you said something like, "Other people probably won't mind one way or the other?" Well, I did. And they didn't.
I wore my gold flats to Home Depot to get the Christmas tree. You know, to honor the tree guys? Turns out they really just cared whether or not I got in the way of their buzz saw. And whether I said thank you, smiled, and gave them a tip. (That said, some people do show off. Whether out of constant competition, or sheer boredom with their wealth, I don't know. Not necessary in the usual course of a day. No need to rub your good fortunes in others' faces.) It turns out I am only at risk of wearing my son's khakis too often. Yes. The horror. I haven't built a day-to-day wardrobe to replace my corporate uniform, and I am simply not going to pull out my wide-legged linen pants with a cashmere cardigan, Manolo flats, and gold panda coin necklace, every morning. However, there is something to be said for putting on pants made for a woman, a 50-year old one at that, before heading out to dinner. Showing a little respect.
The final result of my week of dressing kindly? New yoga pants. What did you think, that I was evolved or something? New Lululemon yoga pants. Some black Adidas, a white or black t-shirt, my black $25 Chechua parka purchased at a sporting goods store in China, and I'm unlikely to offend anyone around here. I'll even wear good jeans at restaurants. I promise.
Respect is good. So is getting out of the way of buzz saws. I reserve, however, the right to wear my son's khakis for the 5-hour drive to Santa Barbara. May the spirit of the season be with you.
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