You Look Like Hell America

Amy Patterson in the ER

The Wednesday April 24th edition of the Wall Street Journal featured a story about how school districts in some states are imposing dress codes. This time it is on the parents.

Come As You Are

Apparently people are showing up to register children or attend events in pajamas, shower caps, hair rollers, saggy pants, torn jeans, sexually suggestive attire, even a negligee or other ensembles the schools deem inappropriate for the setting. Some schools refuse entry, ergo, refuse enrollment until the parent cleans up his or her act.

What? You mean we are not free to appear how ever we wish wherever we go?

“We must model ourselves for the children” states a dress code in Houston. You mean it is not all about ME?

Tennessee features proposed legislation on the topic.  The American Civil Liberties Union objects, of course.

But lets ask a more fundamental question, how is it that American’s chose this appearance? When we get down to trying to legislate or codify conduct, it means the populace has somehow crossed the center line and veers into some kind of head on collision with a completely collapsed culture. Self neglect is often evidence of madness.

This podcast discusses something I have long thought about, the state of American attire and what it means to us.

Postscript : This podcast begins with entry to the emergency room department at Providence Hospital, Everett Washington where my daughter Amy was being seen. I recorded these remarks a few days later, but did not listen until now and find I referenced her hospitalization. I am afraid I have to report she died shortly after a second ER visit, and our grief is profound. Yet I have elected to post this podcast perhaps in remembrance.

I recall when she was diagnosed with Wolf Hirschhorn telling her mother I wanted our daughter to be dressed better than we normally see the mentally disabled. I recall thinking that these people tend to be dressed in whatever is left over and the practice reflects poorly upon we who are called to care for them. And we did.


One thought on “You Look Like Hell America

  1. I am quite saddened by your loss, Mark. I am sorry. My little sister has a mental disability (Downs) and I can’t bare the thought of her leaving us, despite the hardship. There have been many complications and hospital visits with her. I imagine it has been the same with your daughter. I’ll bet its been very difficult. My parents share your attitude about dress in general. Thanks to their efforts she is one of the best dressed individuals at her school.

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