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Are elementary-school-aged kids immune to cold?

It's presently 45°F (7.2°C) outside with a pretty stiff breeze (20mph/32kph). I walked over to the elementary school in a winter coat, beanie and gloves; tolerable sheltered from the wind, but still cold in the shade. Kids came out of the building in shirt sleeves. Several of them apparently hadn't taken coats at all today.

I was baffled seeing a kid run from a car to the school entrance this morning in shorts and a long-sleeve t-shirt, but seeing teeming masses of little kids without coats on in this weather just boggles.


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Dec. 7th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
That's crazy! You would think the parents would have made sure they were adequately dressed.
Dec. 8th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Kids can be pretty defiant about not being cold, and refusing to wear warm clothing, or even carry it. My brother determinedly never wore even long pants or shoes other than sandals (let alone a jacket) for much of his older childhood and all of his adolescence, unless he happened to have lost the ongoing battle on that particular day. Sometimes you have to pick your battles: get the kid to school, or get warm clothes on him? Because you're going to have a heck of a time getting both.
Dec. 8th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
I've lived with two defiant adult shorts/sandals wearers, but I got used to being able to convince them to put on a sweat jacket (unzipped, of course).

We remind Laurel to open the door and check the ambient weather before going out the door in hopes it sticks in her head to do that before we're out the door. Her habit of going without a coat and complaining she was cold happened too many times for my patience.

I can usually tell which kids walk part or all of the way home because they're appropriately dressed for the weather. (Right now I walk over and catch a ride back in the afternoon. I felt rather smug about walking until I met a grandmother that walks almost twice as far as I do and walks back with five kids.)
Dec. 8th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Even though it's only this cold for a few weeks out of the year, after growing up in colder places I can't imagine going to school on a cold day without a jacket.

Our school has a huge lost-and-found bin in the cafeteria where no-one will give you a second glance if you take a jacket out of it, I hope the kids who really need a jacket aren't ashamed to take one if they need to keep warm. All the unclaimed coats are washed by volunteers and donated to the district's clothes closet and a local social services agency at the end of the year. (This is the kind of trivia I learn from the PTA.)
Dec. 7th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Pssst...I don't think you've been told so I'll take it upon myself to inform you. Most people are morons and shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.
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