It's finally raining here in Northwest Arkansas. Yay!
Last night a massive line of thunderstorms came in, crashing and banging, and for once no tornadoes with them, just drenching rain, which continued into this morning.
It was still raining pretty heavily when it was time for the kid to leave for the bus, so I drove her over to the stop and we sat in the car and waited for the bus to arrive. (Yes, she has an umbrella and rain gear. Don't judge me!)
One by one, I watched as the other kids, all between twelve and seventeen (this is the stop for both the junior and the high school) showed up at the stop. (No one else's mommy drove them and let them sit in the car out of the rain.)
None of these kids had an umbrella. Only one wore a rain coat. Two had on hoodies. Most were just in regular clothing. They stood in the rain, for ten or fifteen minutes, getting soaked. And -- I must admit this was the part that alarmed me most -- their books got soaked too.
WTF? Is this some new thing? Kids don't use umbrellas anymore? Or even rain gear? Are umbrellas not allowed at school?
I said a lot of this to my kid, while I was watching these poor kids get soaked this morning. She laughed at me. "You're such a mom."
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