Friday, May 16, 2008

It's Winter, No Summer, No Fall, No... I Give Up

Today started out fairly cool, and I sent both the wee ones to school wearing long sleeves and coats. Of course, this is Chicago, so by the time they got home from preschool, spring was in full swing with the sun out and warmth abounding.

As I picked up Little Miss from preschool, I didn’t make her put on her coat to go to the car. In fact, we played outside while we waited for Mister Man’s bus. As he climbed off the bus, I was relieved to see that his coat was shoved into his backpack, so at least he wasn’t roasting.

Once inside, I changed them into more appropriate attire. Little Miss had on a little dress, while Mister Man put on shorts and a t-shirt. We ate lunch, read a couple books, and they headed up for naps.

When it was time to go upstairs to wake them up so we could start the next phase of our day, I started with Mister Man. As I approached his room, I could hear a noise that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Opening the door, I realized that he’d turned his overhead fan on full blast. Without even looking in his direction, my mind immediately went to two thoughts: 1) he didn’t stay in his bed as he’s supposed to, so he probably didn’t sleep and 2) he was playing with the light switches which he’s forbidden from doing (after coming into his room in the middle of the night when he couldn’t sleep one too many times and discovering his lights on, that privilege was revoked).

Then he popped out from under his covers. Immediately I noticed that his shirt was off, as were his socks. And his shorts were nearly there.

Me: Uhhh, Mister Man. You took off your clothes.
Mister Man: Well, it was hot.
Me (noting the logic of his statement as I shivered under the breeze of his fan): Apparently. Generally you can leave your clothes on though, not turn on the fan and just sleep on top of the covers, and that works just as well.
Mister Man: Oh. But Mommy, I didn’t get all the way undressed.
Me: True, but you don’t really have any clothes left on.
Mister Man: (Quite indignantly) Yes, I do. I only unbuttoned and unzipped my shorts. I didn’t actually take them off, so that doesn’t count.

Apparently, not. I’m not taking any cues from him the next time I get hot though! And of course, by the time we met my parents for dinner, it was pretty chilly again and we needed our jackets. And I wonder why no one is ever completely healthy around here!


And I swear tomorrow will have the wedding recap, including pictures!


Karen May 16, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

This time of year promises summer, but keeps pulling us back to winter. It's truly tough to know how to send the kids to school.

Cookie May 16, 2008 at 11:16 PM  

I know what you mean! It was 87 here today! It was in the fifties just a few days ago. 87 is the highest it gets here all summer! 87?! Crazy!

Michelle May 17, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

Karen -- I tried sending both summer and winter jackets, etc., but the school never changed him out of the first one. Then I remembered the kids who go to school in the middle of winter dressed in shorts, sweatshirts and flip flops. Maybe it really doesn't matter what I send them in....

Cookie -- 87, wow! It was over 50 this morning when I woke up, and I thought it was a heat wave. I'm a little concerned about the weather this summer, but let's cross our fingers it straightens out for both of us!

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