Because It’s Friday

by J.

The title of this post is the answer I give my students at the beginning of the year when they ask me, “Why are you wearing pink?”

When I first started working at my school, one of my fellow English teachers came up to me one day and said, “Hey, we’re going to wear pink every Friday.”  So when the next Friday rolled around, I wore one of my two shirts that had pink.  My colleague was also wearing pink.  And when the next Friday rolled around, I wore my other shirt with pink.  And my colleague was also wearing pink.

On the third week, I went back to my first shirt, and I was dismayed to find that my colleague was not wearing pink.  I asked him what the deal was; all he did was shrug.  I thought it might be a mean trick he was playing on the new guy, but as I got to know him, I realized that he had probably just forgotten.

I’m closing out my fifth year at my school, and I’ve worn pink every Friday since that first Friday.

My pink collection has grown a good deal in those five years.  I have many, many pink shirts, a pair of slip on Vans with pink soles, and I even purchased some pink shorts last year.  My kids get a kick out of it, and it’s a nice way to celebrate the end of the week.  Plus, I always use it as a conversation point during my unit on masculinity and femininity.

Starting next Friday, I will be posting pictures of the respective pink item I choose to wear on that day.

I encourage any of you man enough to sport anything pink to join me in celebrating the end of the work week (and don’t be afraid to share your pictures).

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