A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later. – Diana Vreeland
When I first got word from Mrs.Woog about Loud Shirt Day last August, two thoughts crossed my mind. One, it was a brilliant campaign. Wearing loud and bright clothing to “show your support for deaf children.” My second thought was, Why don’t we have such a thing in the US? The concept of a day that gives deaf children a voice just seems like it should happen everywhere on earth. I was a Loud Shirt supporter without a country, but I marked my calendar for October 21st, knowing I’d wear something loud in honor of the youngest Woog, Jack.
For as long as I can possibly remember, my family has been involved with support and research of dyslexia and learning differences. When I was little, they were labeled as disabilities not differences. They’ve been properly renamed. We need to celebrate our differences. They remind us that this isn’t a one size fits all world. And we are better off because of the variety of shapes and sizes.
As Loud Shirt Day approached, I grew frustrated that October 21st would not be filled with a celebration of crazy patterns and neon colors in the City of Angels. So, I decided to ask my fellow Americans to take part in a virtual Loud Shirt Day. Asked them to help celebrate Jack and the Woog family and all the families like his. And they did. Family and friends, including a few right here in the blogosphere (Maegan, Fadra and Peter).
I want to see Loud Shirt Day in the US. Until then, we’re bringing the US to Jack. xo a.