I was driving the 12-year-old to school this morning. I may have launched into a light-hearted morning rant about how I woke both girls up before I started getting ready, showered, dressed, brushed my teeth, did my hair, took out the trash, did the dishes, and made two lunches and I was still ready before both of them. I don’t get it.
It was as I was finishing my rant that I noticed she was wearing a light spring jacket.
Me: “Are you not wearing a coat?”
Her: “This is a coat.”
Me: “That’s a jacket. This [pointing to my coat] is a coat. See this? [pointing to thermometer on the dashboard] Two. Six. That means its cold.”
Her: “So? Some people wear skirts or shorts or tank tops in this weather.”
Me: “Yeah. And if all your friends wore a bridge, would you wear one?”
Her: “Wear a bridge?!?”
Me: “Yeah! A bridge! Sounds pretty stupid, now, doesn’t it? So does wearing shorts in this weather!”
Her: [blank stare]
Me: “I feel like I won this argument.”
(Parents, feel free to use this on your own kids. Completely infallible logic.)