You know him and his pants. Well, he's kind of like that with coats and jackets, too. It can be freezing out and he'll refuse a coat, but! will wear a hat. I didn't fight him when he only wore his green jacket to school on Monday. At least it was on and not shoved in his backpack with his gloves. But apparently it was colder than I realized.
So, yesterday the school counselor called to see if we would like one of the winter coats that had been donated to the school. I was confused, because I had made sure he wore a heavier coat, with an added sweatshirt underneath.
But, apparently, he told someone he didn't have a coat. There I sat, wondering what he did with his coat. Did he hide it? But soon I realized that she was implying that maybe we were in need of a coat for him. She hadn't yet seen him bundled today and was tipped off from his paltry covering from the day before. Also, I don't really know if she believed me.
Maybe it's because I've been on the verge of tears all week, or I don't know what. But it all started to click. I'd recently emailed his teacher about how I can't help out with lunch during the week anymore because we are down to one car. And I wondered if they noticed that Gray only wears two pairs of pants all week (his brown and blue pair, of which we have multiples.) And then there was that day last week that I only realized after he got home from school that he'd worn the very same shirt two days in a row.
And then I felt really embarrassed.
I mean, I think it's awesome that his teacher is looking out for him. I'm not there to be sure he's warm enough at recess. I can only send him with the goods and hope he'll put it all on. I hope that no kid has to be cold and will be given a coat if he doesn't have one.
It just felt... crappy. And at the same time, made me laugh, because it's so Gray. But also? so embarrassing.
Today I sent him with a hat with chinstrap to wear under his big bulky hood, a pair of gloves and a pair of fleece mittens. And socks that almost go to his knees. It's basically like this: