One of the benefits of Sam’s new school is that he has a school uniform, which is incredibly handy and convenient in my view. It also comes with a very good school coat, just the right level of warm and waterproof.
Writing that makes me realise afresh that when you’ve got children you start to appreciate things you never noticed before, like a really good 7 year old’s coat. I also recall marvelling, when Sam was about four years old and deep in his “wheels” phase, at a really good toy truck. “Wow, that’s a nice one,” I said – in genuine appreciation of the form, colour and heft of the vehicle.
“Yeah,” nodded Sam, and we stood there silently as he turned it in his hands, regarding it with as much knowledge and respect as if we were a pair of antiquarian book dealers.
I digress. Kitty is still at a school with no uniform, which is fine, but for some reason I really struggle finding her a coat. Kitty has zero – and I mean ZERO – interest in clothes. She doesn’t want to wear tights or anything too hot or itchy or anything that she suspects I think is cool.
This means it is very easy for me to dress her in a really random, hideous collection of things and not notice for ages that she has grown out of her joggers and is wandering about with three inches of spotty sock showing.
Anyway, the coat thing. Obviously it has to be warm and waterproof and not girly but not dorky and I suddenly remembered about DIDRIKSONS, which is a Scandinavian brand – those Scandis do outerwear very well and I ordered her this parka, which is great. Not too stiff, nice and warm, dry. Not girly, not dorky.