You Have to Wear a Coat

It’s going to be a long winter without
playing outside if you can’t wear a 

coat is not something I would have
said even two years ago, but now 

that my daughter is one and a half, I
find myself acting like a parent—well, 

not acting like one. I am one. I’m a
dad. And I meant what I said. It’s 

going to be a long winter without
playing outside if you can’t wear a 

coat. If she could just understand
what I’m feeling. A small child 

with frostbite? I want to prevent that
but she can’t. She can only feel that

a jacket is restricting and preventing
her ability to play at her best. I guess 

I could try to empathize with the
desire to operate at your peak, but 

my fatherly instincts won’t let me, so
she’s gonna have to wear a coat if 

she wants to go outside. Either way,
it’s going to be a very, very long
winter.

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Winter Doldrums

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