The theme of the show was a celebration of cultural diversity, which in all honesty is not what this area is known for. I'm glad the schools teach cultural diversity because the kids don't get much exposure to it in every day life. When I was Diva's age, our school had one family with two African American kids and one family from India. When I was in fifth grade, we had a week long "culture fair" which I now realize was some sort of sensitivity training because a Hmong family was going to be sending two kids to our school. What I remember most was one of the teachers telling us not to pat the kids of the head, because it was disrespectful in their culture. The thing is, I don't ever remember us kids patting each other on the head to begin with. This area has seen an increase in different ethnic groups in recent years, but we're still a long way from being truly diverse.
|Diva's self portrait|
After lunch we had one more stop to make, in the same strip mall. I needed to get measured for a compression sleeve, which my doctor says I will need to wear whenever we fly. Our vacation is still a few weeks away, but sometimes they have to be custom sewn. Walker had called the store to make sure they carried the sleeves. He also asked the store hours. When we got there, however, the two women working told us we have to make an appointment and come back on a weekday for a fitting. Neither of them were trained in taking the measurements, and the staff that is trained will do it by appointment only. That information would have been more helpful had it been shared when Walker called. Sigh.