My biggest question last year:
I will admit, for my very first homeschool convention last year, this was a big concern for me! I hadn’t been around a lot of homeschoolers before. Were they are all going to be in long skirts and the ever-so-stereotypical prairie style?
I even chose our clothes with this in mind, and was SOOOO relieved to realize we fit right in!
Yes, there is the “skirt” crowd. Yes, there is the “skirt to the ground” and even the “prairie print dress” crowd. My girls were fascinated by some of the Mennonite attendees which sparked some interesting conversations about “head coverings.”
Yet, to balance all that out, there was the contingent from what I lovingly refer to as the “granola” homeschooling crowd. You know, with the teenager with purple hair and black leather boots and the funky clothes!
And no one batted an eye.
That very first day, I was sitting in the hall in line (can’t remember what for now) and just breathed a huge sigh of relief. I look absolutely normal! I fit right in! I don’t stick out – in fact, with my jean skirt and blouse, I was smack-dab in the middle of the dress code continuum.
And I can’t begin to tell you how good that felt. After homeschooling for only year with very little “community,” it just felt sooo good to fit right in.
That all being said, I’ll give ya’ll some advice for you newbie attendees:
a) WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! Really. The miles you will walk that weekend will astound you. No one cares if your shoes match or are cute. And after a few hours, neither will you. So, for goodness sakes, be comfortable!
b) APPRECIATE CONVICTIONS OF OTHERS Obviously what I learned last year was there was not an official dress code for HEAV. But, it would probably be polite to at least take others’ concerns about modesty into consideration when packing! I didn’t go out and purchase a new wardrobe, but I did pick clothes that were on the more modest (not that my clothes are all that revealing, in any case). My skirt came to my knee for instance. My shirt didn’t show a lot of cleavage. My girls didn’t wear spaghetti strap sundresses. Again, this is not to impose any rules on you, but to just consider others’ beliefs. That’s all.
And for some reason, I feel the need to say we don’t go around wearing super-revealing clothes the other 362 days a year. After re-reading this, I’m not so sure that comes across that well! I wish I had pictures from last year, but I had forgotten to take my camera with me. Oops. Mental note: add camera to your bag for next year!
c) SWEATER. You might appreciate a sweater in some of those seminars and halls. One you can easily take on and off as the situation warrants, and balls up and be stuffed in your purse easily. But I’m a bit of a cold-nature person anyway!
Today I’m also hosting my very first giveaway and it’s a great one! One Family Registration to the HEAV Conference coming up, June 6-8! (Optional Programs are not included.) This giveaway ends May 14th, so sign up now! Feel free to go to this Rafflecopter giveaway link to sign up now!