On Monday, when I forced my fourteen year old to bring his sweatshirt to school because it was below freezing, he leaped out of the car at the school’s west gate, slammed the door, and turned to smile at me, pointing at the passenger seat and running off. He wore shorts and a short-sleeve polo. His sweatshirt was still in the car.
On Tuesday, it was 27 degrees when I drove him to school. I had shoved the sweatshirt into his backpack when he wasn’t looking. He was wearing shorts again. At 3:00, when I picked the kids up, he smiled. “I didn’t even take it out of my backpack.”
I knew what he was talking about.
Today, it was 24 degrees. Shorts. I gave up on the sweatshirt. A coat? Ha!
I just want to understand why.
Does he have a reputation for wearing shorts all year? Is he trying to break some ridiculous “I wore shorts” for the most consecutive days of anyone at school? Prove his manhood? Did someone say he looks like a dork in jeans? Is he an alien who doesn’t feel cold?
Or is this just what boys do to entertain themselves in winter?