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  • My mom wasn't pleased with the ripped jeans and casual t-shirts of the times. "That's not something you should wear to school." was the first thing she would say to me every morning. Every morning. She'd send me right back to my closet and I'd try something else on. Again and again. I made the entire carpool late so many times other parents complained to my mother when their straight-A kids were getting tardy slips every morning.

    Well that last part about the parents is fiction I'll admit that.

    Here's the truth:

    My mom went to a Catholic grade school and loved it. She loved not having to think about what to wear every morning. She loved how her classmates would express their individual styles through earrings, bobby socks and hairspray. When she saw the department store selling school uniforms she got nostalgic and righteous. MY daughter is going to wear a uniform too!

    I thought it was weird to wear a uniform to a school without a dresscode. But I went along with it seeing the pride in my mother's eyes as I combed my hair in front of the mirror. In the entirety of my childhood (ages 0-12) I can count the number of times I combed my hair, five. Three picture days, my first forensics meet and the day I wore a school uniform to school.

    The teasing was ruthless. I never wore that thing again and ever since I have been wary of other people's plans for me.
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