That glorious 60 degree day we just had should have made all
parents so happy. For me, not so much. That small taste of
freedom only reminded me how much city life in the winter sucks
when you have kids.
One day of walking out the door with nothing but jeans, a
T-shirt and a pair of sneakers can bring back the harsh reality of
that extra 15 minutes it takes just to get out the door of any
given place with your kids. It reminded my kids that their bikes
are hiding under that tarp under the deck. And don't forget
the clothing battles it brought on with my shorts and
T-shirt-loving son who is now wearing them with his snow gear, and
my daughter who came downstairs in a short skirt with nothing on
her legs the next day.
Topping it all off was when we dropped to negative wind chills
here at home and we Skyped with my DH who just had to step outside
into the blinding Hawaiian sun to get a signal while he talked to
Yeah, sure, there are great winter family activities in the
city. But by the time I get out the door with my kids
appropriately bundled, they'll all be over. Here's hoping Mr.
Punxsutawney Phil was right. But please, for the sake of all
Chicago parents, no more spring days until they are here to
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