Today is Jean Day Friday

One of my favorite bloggers, Tales from the Motherland, nominated me for a Liebster Award.  She is a wonderful writer, and I am truly honored for the nomination.

She made me laugh, however, with this comment: “…You’ve gotta tell me: why JeanDayFriday, when your name is Allison. Gotta know. ;-)

Surprisingly this is a question I get a lot. Sadly, the story is not too interesting.  But, I will share anyway, especially at the request of the amazing Dawn from Tales from the Motherland.

I wish this was a quirky tale, a fascinating one dealing with how the name of my blog arrived at me like a beacon of light.  I wish I could simply explain that my middle name is Jean, but, alas, it is not.  Truthfully, my blog name is nothing more than sheer desire to wear jeans to school each and every Friday. Oh yes.  That’s it.  Nothing more than honest vanity (or comfort).

A few years ago, my district began having jean days every Friday.  There was a dollar charge weekly, and those who paid, would get to wear jeans.  The dollars would go to something good for students – scholarships, fundraisers, etc.

At first, only a few people “bought” into the Friday jean-wearing craze.  But now, most participate and love it like I do.

So, each and every Thursday evening, my pal, Views from the Valley, and I would text something like this to each other: Tomorrow is jean day Friday!  Hooray!

This became a saying we used often.  If our Friday wasn’t going too well, we would say, “Hey, you know, it is Jean Day Friday!” Or if Thursday was less than desirable we would say, “At least tomorrow is Jean Day Friday!”

There are so many reasons this fit as my blog title.  For one, Fridays are just plain ol’ good days.  They signal the end of the work week, and the anticipation of the weekend.  Secondly, I dress professionally every day of the week, but Friday is a day where I can whip out the jeans and a school shirt and viola! I am ready for Friday!  Also, it is almost freeing in a strange, silly rebellious way.  I’m sporting jeans today and it’s Friday – Ha!  And most of all, it is something to look forward to, a glimmer of optimism/quirkiness and comfort.

So, I wanted my blog to give a similar mood, tone and feeling that I have when it is Jean Day Friday:  a quick, little smile in the week, and a reminder that it’s the little things that can make the days a bit brighter.

I wanted my blog to be fun and comfortable.  I wanted it to be a place where I could just be myself, close to the way I feel every Friday when I have my jeans on. I wanted it to be happy.  I hope it is some of those things.

Because it is Jean Day Friday after all.

Suz and I sporting on jeans on Friday.

Suz and I sporting on jeans on Friday.

28 thoughts on “Today is Jean Day Friday

  1. We had Jean Day Friday at my old job – back when I actually earned a paycheck. 🙂 So when I started following your blog I knew EXACTLY what the name meant. I always looked forward to Jean Day!

  2. LOVE it… I did expect something totally different, but frankly this explanation is much more interesting than anything I came up with! Now, I’ll look at teachers I know and wonder if they have a Jean Day Friday in their life… I love that I do! 😉

  3. Although I didn’t figure your name was Jean, I also didn’t know it was Allison. But now I do. And I plan on calling you Al from here on in… (I’m just JK’ing you, as my kids would say)

  4. I’m also a teacher. I wear a dress shirt and tie from Mon-Thurs. I give myself casual Friday. The dress code is not official and some people are casual all the time.
    Anyway, I know what you mean when you say it is freeing.
    I like how you tied the name into the feelings you have for the day.

  5. Congratulations on the award.

    When I worked, we had Jean Day Friday also. For the privilege of dressing down, we paid $2. All participants got their name tossed into a box and a winner was drawn. The money went to a charity of their choice and they also received the tax receipt for the collected amount.

    • What a terrific idea of donating it to a charity of the winner’s choice! I love that! I may have to pass that on to the folks here that make the jean day Friday rules… 🙂

  6. When I worked at the law office, we had free jean day Fridays. Fridays were our busy day, so it was nice to at least have comfort on our side. 🙂 I love the blog idea; wish I had come up with something that awesome.

      • Thanks. 🙂 Being unemployed still, every day is jean day. Okay, probably more like yoga pant day. 🙂 But, those were wonderful times – jean day Fridays. I think my boss just wanted a day where he could come in without a suit and tie once a week, but I didn’t mind one bit.

  7. Congrats on the well deserved award! Dawn is an amazing friend. When I first started following you I wasn’t sure about your name and I saw somebody else call you Jean, so I figured that was it. I may stick with Jean since that’s clearly who you are- always comfortable and fun. Good for you!!!

  8. Makes sense to me! I LOVE jean day fridays. And sometimes I wonder why, because I can wear jeans all weekend, but for some reason, being able to wear them on fridays makes me happy. And…fridays are just awesome in general b/c we get to go home and not come back for 2 days, lol.

    Congrats on the award! 🙂

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