Slice of Life Challenge, Day 14
I suppose that I have always been quirky. I'm pretty sure that I was the only kid in my grade who was wearing clothing she had sewed herself. And ever since doning my first pair of glasses as a freshman in college, I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of cat's eye frames long before they were ever considered a hipster trend (I finally found them a few years ago at a flea market in Philly). My parents supported my quirkiness, as did my teachers. I have been fortunate in that I am surrounded by people who have not just tolerated my bit of weirdness, but encourage it.
So working with high school students, who are in the throes of figuring out who they are, who they want to be, I want to be an encouraging force for quirkiness. I will randomly break out in song. I will dress up for Halloween every year. I will talk like a pirate on September 19th. I will show students how to create web pages and write ovillejos. I will debate the ending of Allegiant and celebrate Holi with students. My quirkiness is a reflection of my diverse interests and passions, my willingness to try new things. To be a risk-taker. As Walt Whitman once wrote, "I am large, I contain multitudes." And so I will be an encouraging force for quirkiness.