Tuesday, June 16, 2009

back on track

Driving my eldest son, who is dressed in a white dress shirt, tie, and black pants, to a concert at school:

Primo: "You know what would be great? If we had a dress code at school. And we had to wear dress shirts and ties, every day."

Me: (rendered temporarily speechless, the kid never wears anything but T-shirts without a fight)

Primo: (continues without noticing my mouth gaping open) Like a striped tie. Blue and burgundy stripes, maybe. (He is currently sporting a Peanuts tie with Snoopy playing the saxophone, a hand-me-down from his father's more frivolous days.) And a blue sleeveless sweater vest.

Me: (finally recovered enough to talk) But you never wear sweaters. Especially sweater vests. Ever.

Primo: Yeah, I know. But that would still be great. Doncha think that would be great?

Me: (decides to err on the side of caution and not comment; convinced kid is deliberately messing with me just to drive me completely around the bend, a la Gaslight)


  1. Be afraid, be very afraid!!!!

  2. Maybe he caught some reruns of 'Family Ties.'

  3. Well, all is not so strange....according to none other than the Style section of the New York Times of 6/16, the preppy look is back in style--and BIG. What goes around, comes (back) around!