It isn’t your typical parade of soccer moms, in front of the Heard Elementary school. Instead, there are sarongs, hijabs, geles, and a beautiful array of textiles from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The hodgepodge comes to a crescendo as the mothers wait at the stoplight with their children (ironically each dressed in the same blue-and-white uniform).
It is the highlight of my morning drive to work, the most fashionable corner in Phoenix. But I’ve noticed something lately – the mothers have become more Americanized.
Like sifting through a Goodwill rack, the corner has evolved into a different kind of eye candy. One day it’s a ’90s parka with a GUESS? logo embroidered across the back paired with a Thai sarong and flip flops; or a pair of sneakers peaking out a black Jilbab. Sadly, the corner is becoming more homogenized, evolving into a cloud of gray and denim and blue and white uniforms vs. the bold prints and colors, head scarves and wraps of days past.
My, how quickly the colors fade…