Sunday, December 13, 2009

Would you want to be seen with me?

The night after the big snowstorm, I got dressed to take my kids shopping.  I dressed for warmth and practicality.  I have frostbite to fend off.  As we're walking out the door, one of my daughters says: "MOM.  Don't you DARE take that coat off in the store!"

The next night as we're leaving for the band concert, I receive another harsh tongue-lashing:

daughter:  MOM!  Is that your coat?
Me:  No, it's dad's.  But I'm cold, and it's bigger than mine.
daughter:  Take that off RIGHT NOW, and put your own coat on.  You look like an over-sized Emperor Penguin.

Penguins employ physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors in order to deal with an incredibly harsh environment.  That's all I was doing...

7 comments:

Sherry said...

This is why I'm never having teenagers. :) Or pre-teens.

LL said...

HILARIOUS!!!
I get the same comments...and I promised myself I'd NEVER be one of "those" moms...darn it :)

BB Hutchins said...

I love it... brings back - oh so many memories about going out with Mom... like the wrotten eggs she carried around in her purse for months after Easter had passed and everyone wondering... WHAT IS THAT SMELL???????

Becky said...

For the love of your children's social status!

shirlgirl said...

Jen, I'm with you!! The picture here is to keep WARM!!! We don't care about looks when it is freezing out. I can't even imagine walking out on a freezing day with a jacket at my waist and the waist of my pants sitting on my hips with bare skin showing, and I see a lot of that today with these young kids. I'm assuming it was S who made that comment. She should have seen me when I would go to work and have to take the train to Burlington--I was wrapped up like a mummy, but I was warm. I really had to laugh at the comments. Sending you lots of warm hugs and love.

ellen said...

Gosh, I wish I had a few kids...

Jane said...

I would be seen with you anytime anywhere!!
Warmth is much more important that fashion!