Friday, January 22, 2010

Shaken but not stirred

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.


karisma said...

DUDE!!!! (OMG did I just say that? hehe) Take it from me! When one is 15, rain does NOT make one sick! One can dance, sing, enjoy (Oh hang on that would not be cool yet) Okay one can get wet and one does NOT get sick (and umbrellas and god forbid "rain coats" are totally NOT COOL)...At 20 one starts to get sick on the way home from work! You know, standing in the rain, waiting for the bus, having "responsibilities" etc. ( Must be the whole "worrying about getting sick" that makes one sick) thing.

At (ahem) 40...when one unceremoniously dances in the rain, one does get sick! Oh but its still fun! hehe!

Suzanne said...

Interesting mental picture of smeared makeup and Roo girl being all sweaty from running before gym class!

LceeL said...

I can just see Roo in one of those hats fishermen wear - you know - the guys on the boats? - all big and floppy and stuff. And she would be all dry and pretty looking and all her friends would be all wet and ratty looking - and then she would realize the wisdom of which you speak. I want to live in THAT universe.

songbird's crazy world said...

LOL, not going to happen. She'd rather get wet like her friends than look like a dork. My daughter Jen insisted on wearing flipflops in the rain...until she broke a toe.

Momisodes said...

That's right! I forgot how open everything is over there. Even the malls! said...

Bwahahaha! I can just picture her! Sliding along the outside of the buildings like someone on the ledge outside an old office building window, and then trying to dodge raindrops on the way to the next building. ;-)

Huckdoll said...

My first high school was open like that and come to think of it, I don't remember carrying an umbrella either, rather, just a hoodie from class to class and to and from school.

My mom called my friends and I a bunch of drown rats :)

Pamela said...

When my eldest was in middle school (it was Junior High back then) I remember coming out of a band concert mid winter. It was about 5 degrees.
One of her classmates was outside without a coat waiting for a ride.

She was too cool to wear one. I don't remember ever being that cool. Nor do I remember being too cool for an umbrella. I guess that tells you something about me. snort.

Roger said...

At least she isn't too concerned about her hair getting messed up, so there is that. I guess.

Of course, I won't be caught dead with an umbrella, unless I am using it for my wife or kids - I'm chicalrous that way. ;)

Paige said...

My high school was open like that, we also had white school blouses and yet we just complained about them being see through instead of wearing our jerseys or umbrellas.

Burgh Baby said...

I still do that, and I don't know why. Umbrellas just never seem to be in the right place at the right time.

texasholly said...

I am totally with Roo on this one. No umbrella...creative walking is much more fun.

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