Thursday, February 4, 2010

Teenagers And Coats

Yesterday, Mother Nature blessed us with another 4 inches of snow. School was 2 hours late and I decided to be 2 hrs late too. As I sipped my tea, I watched Man-child shovel snow. It was 28 degrees and he had on his hoodie jacket and ear phones. I do not understand why he refuses to wear a coat. He has two. I think of all the warnings that were given about H1N1, covering your coughs, and safety precautions. Health officials were talking to the wrong group of people.

I started the winter yelling at him about his coat. Then I gave up. Remembering my 2010 mantra - Relax, Listen and Look Inside for Answers - I decided to just wait for the reason to manifest. After getting dressed for school, Man-child had a cup of tea (the only thing we have in common), gave me a kiss on the cheek, put his sweat shirt on over his uniform, grabbed his ear phones and he was gone. Hmmmmmmm... I just watched and said nothing.

As I sat on the subway, I noticed that all of the teenagers were dressed like Man-child, even the girls. I noticed kids with only sweaters, jackets that were not button or zipped, no hats, no scarfs, no socks, jackets that barely covered their stomachs and more muffins tops than I cared to look at. Hmmmmmmm.... what are we teaching these kids. Wait.. it's not the adults - we have on our coats, sweater, etc. They do know that it is COLD with SNOW on the ground. RELAX - I say to myself. Then I laughed as I remembered my mother yelling at Man-child "you'll think twice once Arthur starts knocking on your door". Man-child looked at her with that "Oh" so stupid "What" look on his face. Too Funny

Later that day, Man-child called me to say that he would be late. He wanted to play football in the snow. HUH!! He hates sports. He said he thought it would be fun. When he got home, the temperature had begun to drop and Man-child was soaking wet. All I could do was look at him. "I know, I know", he said. "Imma take my wet clothes off but Mommy it was kinda fun". Again I said nothing. What could I say. After taking a shower, he started to complain about his runny nose, ear ache and sore throat. AH HA... Lesson being taught but I hope he is paying attention. Somehow, I don't think so.... What do you think?


  1. I had the same issue with my daughter - my sons, like me, do not appreciate cold weather. But she would go out in a sweater as if the temp was 60 instead of 35. Must be that young blood (lol) I just let it go after a while. She did take my advice and keep a coat in the car. The day I saw her bundled up in it with a scarf AND a hat, I told myself her tail must have frozen off somewhere; better than all my "put your coat on!!

  2. I aint saying nothing because I will go without a coat if I can..LOL I did it when young and now that Im old, Im pulling it off if the temp is above 35 degrees LOL

  3. They think they are invincible. I think they horse and play around so much, they get hot and they don't want to have to carry their coats and end up losing it. I don't know. You'll are really having some cold weather. My niece is at Hampton, they got snowed in over the weekend.

  4. Oh as they say youth is wasted on the Yep all the kids do it and I guess they have a better body thermometer than I do because I bundle up with coat, hat, gloves and

  5. Dera is right. Young people think they're invincible. I work at a university. These students walk around campus with shorts on. It's winter in Ohio. Buy a clue.

    I can't stand extremes of weather - the frozen winter and the boiling summers. I much prefer the moderate seasons - fall and spring.

    Great post as always, 'Cilla!



  6. 'Cilla, I have a girl child here who doesn't believe in coats. She wear sweat suits and sweat hoods, but hates her coat...until she got sick really bad and now she wears that coat just about every day. I don't say anything, but she is getting a beat down once I'm healthy again. She gave me her nasty cold and I wear my hat, scarf, and coat. Oh did I mention I drive? She has to walk to the bus stop Monday-Friday and wait for it to arrive; and in the afternoons she retrace her steps home.

    Girl, don't worry about these knuckle head children. They will learn one day.