I work in a middle school, which means we occasionally have spirit weeks, with a different dress-up theme each day of the week.
Yesterday was "Twin Day," in which pairs (or groups) of people wear similar outfits and do their hair the same way.
I was twins with my coffee cup.
And yes, I was just as pleased with myself as I look in this photo.
Which got me thinking about other fantastic spirit days.
*The "Prince or Princess" day when I donned a fancy bridesmaid dress and an aluminum foil crown, prompting a nearly mute student with autism to smile up at me and exclaim, "Ay, Maestra!" when I walked past her in the hall.
*The "Would You Still Love Me if I Dressed Like THIS?" day during my one year up at the local high school. I went to town with patterned tights, flowered skirt, plaid shirt, striped scarf, giant garden hat and Crocs. All day long, students walked into my room, stopped dead, and said, "Um..no?"
* The "Gender Bender" day when I wore my husband's flannel shirt and khakis and painted a mustache on, then realized how much I look like my dad after all.
*The year I was teaching in a Riga high school, where my seniors were all 18 & 19, meaning of legal drinking age. They had a pajama day, and one kid brought a thermos of hot cocoa that he offered everyone. They would take a cup, have a sip, and say, "Oh!" and start grinning. I declined to taste it, so I could maintain plausible deniability. Disclaimer: I would react entirely differently in a US high school.
Forget about summer breaks and the privilege of watching young minds develop. Spirit days are where it's at.