Thursday, January 09, 2014

Teens and Coats Don't Mix

          People it is COLD!


                         stuck in the deep freeze kind'a cold                                              


             This brings me to what I really want to write about

                              Teenagers are blockheads

OK, OK that wasn't nice. What other word can I use to describe the behavior that I am to write about.....

                   lamebrains? No...too harsh

                                Idiotic?....still kind of mean.

                                        Irresponsible?....nope , not mean enough

What i want to talk about is the fad, style, indisputable disregard for COATS.

Let me explain. Years ago I noticed a young man who was waiting for the school bus ( it stops right  outside my home.) It was the dead of winter and he was out there in the cold with nothing but a t-shirt.

I just felt so sorry for him. I thought..."poor thing doesn't have a coat!" I was already trying to figure out a way to give him one of my Hubby's coats ..when I was told by my then 10 year old that a lot of High School kids don't wear coats.

             "Why the heck not?" I asked.

                "I dunno." was her reply.

                "J,  honey please promise that you will not be that silly as to not wear a coat when its cold.

After that I noticed more and more teens donning not so much as a thick sweatshirt for the middle of January!!!!

                 are coats not cool?

                       are they just too cumbersome?

                           or are Teens just Blockheads..there's that word apologies.

So fast forward some years to when my own sweet, smart (so I thought) children are now in Middle School and High School)

September, then October rolls around and the days get cooler but their attire has not be adjusted to match the weather.

They wait for the bus in 30 degree weather in sweat shirts. 

                               I complain and I get resistance!

Oh ...I'm sorry my sweet angels for wanting you not to freeze!

I mean I found myself saying things like ...."There are children in Africa who would love to have this coat!!"



                                 My daughter looked at me like I am the moron ( which I am until I realize my mistake and say Siberia.....

                                 "I meant Siberia!"

After a few mornings of this nonsense my Hubby suggests that I let it go

                                  "What did you say??"
                                   dramatic chimpmunk                                    



                         I never thought to just....let it go.


In other words...let them freeze.


     So, for weeks I gritted my teeth as morning after morning they walked out with just sweat shirts to join the other sweat shirt and t-shirt-clad teens who are also pretending not to be cold in below freezing weather.

                          Then we experienced the Deep freeze that the rest of the country was experiencing....

They both took out their coats which haven't seen the light of day in ....forever.

                   I said to my son in a nonchalant sort of way....

                        "Oh, you're wearing your coat today?"

                     He said " Of course mom, ....I'm not's freezing out there!"

                             Chalk one up to The Hubster


  1. You've done all you can for set an example, you bundled them up when they were it's up to them. Just make it clear to them that when they develop pneumonia you are NOT going to nurse them.

  2. Hi Delores, what is funny is that they hardly ever get sick! maybe they're on to something!

  3. I remember when we had to wear dresses to school. Luckily knee socks were in style! lol But it sure was cold! It's not easy being a teen nowadays! Happy weekend!

  4. I had a similiar problem...we wore uniform skirts!

  5. My teenage son will just wear a tshirt in the middle of winter. Sure we dont get snow but it still gets cold

  6. I totally get this. My son was the same way. My grandkids are the same way. You want to know what is even worse? My husband is the same way. He never wears his coat. Although, lately, after I bought him an easy to wear, non-bulky, attractive, wool coat that makes him look handsome, he wears his coat more often.

  7. That explains why I see so many young people in flip flops etc on cold days. Funny your thoughts are so true, they are crazy

  8. Oh lord how I love I love lucy, I love when Hallmark plays the reruns.

    I can't get Cole to put a jacket on to save my life


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