Consider the umbrella.
A simple invention intended to keep the rain off your person.
They can be cutesy.
They can be expensive.
They can be golf'ish.
They can be transparent.
But one thing they definitely are -- when you are 15 and essentially impermeable -- is unacceptable.
(Kinda like the backpack, I guess. Sigh. I give up.)
Now, you might have heard that we're having a little rain.
And some thunder, lightning, hail, floods, crashing surf, mud slides ... yeah, we're kinda sliding into the sea here.
But do you think my daughter will:
a) wear a raincoat
b) carry an umbrella?
Answer to both is definitively not, and pardon my eyeroll and the fact that I have given up on trying to convince her.
There are some disadvantages to this, of course.
If you are in areas with snow and frigid temperatures, high schools are all-inclusive buildings, where you can get from class to class without having to brave the inclement weather.
High schools in this part of the country tend to be more like CAMPUSES. Separate buildings with exterior doors and lawns, walkways and open space in between.
Your first class could be in one corner of the school and your second class could be in classroom B ... AAAAALLLL the way across the other side of campus.
So when it's raining and you're 15 and you're the fashion queen, you have only one option:
To become like a spy stalking her prey.
Because each set of classrooms does have a slight overhang, and so you go ...
Building building building RUN!!
Building building building RUN!!!!!!!!
There are solutions to everything, I guess.