Today is the day to wear purple to visually demonstrate that you think that gay teenagers shouldn't be bullied or beaten up (non-gay teenagers shouldn't be beaten up or bullied either, but the emphasis here is on what motivates the bullying/beatings), and to show overall support for those teenagers. Problem: finding purple shirts, particularly for those of us who didn't hear about this in time to clearance-shop. Elizabeth and I had no trouble, though my purple shirt was in the laundry so that caused a scramble. Rob had a purple plaid shirt he coincidentally chose last year on clearance, so I snipped the tag off of it and he wore it. But the three younger boys---none of them had purple shirts.
I was not panicked about this, because it is pretty clear that just because WEARING a purple shirt is meant to show support for a cause, NOT wearing the purple shirt doesn't mean THE OPPOSITE. It can mean "supporting the cause, but not owning a purple shirt." Or it can mean "supporting the cause, but didn't know about this because it was so poorly publicized." Or it can mean "supporting the cause, but forgot when I got dressed." Or it can mean "supporting the cause but thinking it's stupid to show support for any cause in any way except by personally becoming a research scientist who personally solves the problem." Or it can mean "supporting the cause, but not choosing to demonstrate it via clothing." Still: I DID want to demonstrate it via clothing, and I was hoping the kids could too---especially with all the kids old enough this year to understand about bullying being wrong (Henry would like me to clarify that anti-bullying does not apply to white blood cells, which are allowed to bully and ostracize germs).
Fortunately, all three boys had shirts that contained at least a suggestion of being rainbow-striped. For example, Edward had a shirt striped in red, yellow, blue, and green. It's not RAINBOW-rainbow, and it's not purple, but I think there's room to interpret it as participation in this event---or at least not as active non-participation. If I was out today and saw a sea of people wearing purple and a few people wearing rainbowish stripes, I'd assume we were all on the same wave-length, intention-wise.
(I also changed the blog color for today, in case you read this in a reader and so have not yet been freaked out by it.)
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