Why are people embarrassed by being practical?
Yesterday I picked Lil’T up at school instead of the bus stop. Us parents waited in the school entrance as it was below -20 C with the windchill; which is not too cold but cold enough.
As it was time to leave, the another mom reluctantly pulled a knitted toque from her purse. She went on about how embarrassing it was to have to wear such a ridiculous piece of clothing. She sounded defensive as she explained that her ears got too cold on the way to the school so she would have to wear it now. It was true, her ears were a painful shade of red.
In contrast to her light jacket, open neck, and bare head and hands, I was dressed for the weather. I had on ski pants, a neck warmer, and all the rest of the appropriate clothing. I felt like I was hearing a painfully skinny person tell a person of average size about how the skinny person wants to lose weight. Did the woman not see the toque already on my head?
This mother is over 40 years old. If she were 14 I could understand it. If she were trying to boast about how she could handle cold I could understand it. If she had a hairstyle that would be affected by the headgear I would be less perplexed. Nope, she was under-dressed because she felt embarrassed by wearing a toque. All of this was in front of her daughter who did have a toque on.
How often to we talk at people without seeing them?
And who says toques are ridiculous? This beautiful one from Etsy is gorgeous
(My favourites are the football and shark toques not pictured here.)