Thursday, January 24, 2013


Of course, the French usually have an apt phrase for every situation, with "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose": "the more things change, the more they stay the same" being one of them.

I thought that kids not wearing coats in the winter was a local phenomenon, but today on Facebook, Susan, the daughter of my friend Patty, wrote that her boys won't wear coats--only HOODIES! Washington Court House is more than 50 miles away from Marysville; yesterday school was out and it was (B-R-R-R-R) very cold, but I saw five boys at the local Burger King, and they were obviously from a wrestling team, as one of them had on JUST a singlet with his pants. None of the five was wearing a coat, with four of them wearing just hoodies.

I replied to Susan that a friend of mine said that her son's excuse was that his coat was too big to fit in his school locker. I said that I guessed that was a better excuse than the usual refrain of "None of the other kids wear coats."

But, the more things change, the more they stay the same: when I went to school there was a "fad" NOT to wear a coat but just a turtleneck sweater UNDER our blouse! We certainly didn't want a coat to cause our ensemble not to be au courant! What price conformity?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whenever people complain about the boys' pants being down around their butts, I always tell about the pegged pants guys wore when I was a girl ML