One day last week, when Judah got out of the van after to school to check the mail, I noticed that he was wearing a pair of my socks – pink and white striped socks! When I asked him about it, he said that he didn’t have any clean socks in his room, so he got some out of my drawer.
Most of my socks are white.
Which means that wearing pink striped socks was very intentional on his part. He told me that all of his friends at school thought it was funny. The next two days, I noticed that he had chosen more of my socks to wear – lime green argyle with shamrocks one day, and red and white striped knee socks another.
I don’t know that either Roger or I ever would have done a thing like that in the 4th grade. (I’m talking 4th grade here – not 19 years old…. or 25… We’re not discussing tie-dye tights under a wedding dress at this moment….) 🙂 In the 4th grade, Roger and I were both blend-into-the-crowd people who valued other people’s opinions of us.
Now I believe that highly valuing other people’s opinions of you can lead to developing a nondescript personality.
Or at least dissatisfaction.