I was running an errand late last night to Walmart with my daughter. What did I have on? A long skirt, (floral print), 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt and a blue kerchief on my head.
Two young women approached me in the parking lot and asked if I was a Christian, and if I was Apostolic Pentecostal and could I help them. The gal seemed particularly stuck on whether I was Apostolic Pentecostal, even after I said, no, I'm in Eastern Orthodox Christian (which I'm sure she'd never heard of). Couldn't quite convince her that I wasn't Apostolic Pentecostal based on how I was dressed.
Of course they needed Alms...which is what people always want who approach me in the Walmart parking lot. I only had two dollars, so I gave her that.
So, now I guess I know what Apostolic Pentecostals wear. I hate being labeled or mis-labeled, but I suppose it comes with the head-covering territory.
But do I really want people to think that's me?
When I decided to pretty much only wear skirts, I also made the decision to keep my hair shorter so I wouldn't look "pentecostal"...which groups at least here in KY sport a rather distinctive and cloying look of skirts (often denim or khaki) and tops, long hair with a pouf in the front pulled back in the ubiquitous barette (older ladies in toned-down beehives) and sneakers with bobbi socks.
An easy look to avoid.
But apparently not.