Today I tweeted that I was off to get myself frummified as I had a high school interview to attend with my son. I was asked, if I have to dress a certain way, why would I want my son to attend such a school. (Let’s ignore the fact that I was still in my pjs and fluffy slippers. Not interview clothes by a long shot).
My answer was that I would do anything necessary to get my child into the school that is the perfect fit for him (or as close to perfect), even if it means wearing tin foil on my head.
Does it hurt to be respectful of the standards of dress when going for a visit? Do I want to bring attention to myself when walking in to a high school of all boys, nary a female in sight? Just the fact that I am female and in their school will bring enough attention, I don’t want any more than that. I am there to have them interview my son, to see whether their school fits his needs and our wants. It’s not called being a sell-out.
And yes, I toned down my flair. I wore purple instead of pink, I covered all the elbows and knees and collarbones.
An aside: while we were waiting for the interview at least 15 boys from the school came over to my son, shook his hand, said Shalom Aleichem, and shared their names. They made him feel welcome when he isn’t even part of the school yet. That scored the school major points in my book.