Thursday, November 8, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 8 (Outerwear)

boy in the snow
My son, standing outside our back door, a couple winters ago.
The weather in New England turned cold this week, and we had our first snow last night. Two days ago, just in the nick of time, I ordered all new winter jackets, snow pants, boots and long underwear for the kids. The price tag made me wince, but it was worth it. Today, I'm grateful for performance outerwear.

I grew up in the Midwest and have always hated the cold, so it is rather absurd that I now live in New England and have a family that skis. But that's where we are, so we need to make the best of it, and without good outerwear the four of us would be cooped up inside this house from November through April. No one wants that. So, unlike I do with the rest of the children's clothes that I buy from Target, Old Navy, and on sale at Lands' End, when it comes to winter gear I shell out money for the good stuff.

You know what happens if the kids are warm outside during January in New England? They go outside and play! And they often stay out there quite a long time.  You know what they are not doing if they are outside? Being underfoot and whining that they are bored. I'd say that's priceless.

Occasionally, I need to venture out into the cold with them, and that's when I'm the most thankful for advanced textile technology. Being able to build a snowman, sled, try to ski, and--where I live--watch a soccer game in October without freezing is a gift. It's all due to capilene and SmartWool, Polartec thermal fleece and Gore-Tex, and every bit of it makes my life better.

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