Have you noticed that children never seem to need as much clothing as adults? It has always surprised me that kids wear t-shirts and shorts when the rest of us put on an extra sweater and a windbreaker and feel proud that we left the long johns at home. I realize children run around and play more, but seriously, how much body heat can sprinting everywhere, cartwheeling across lawns and climbing trees generate? I don't know, because I don't do any of those things anymore. I would not want to stretch or snag my cardigan. But their superior cold weather comfort has made me envious.
I confess, then, to feeling a bit smug when I spotted a young girl on the beach take measures to keep warm that frankly never occurred to me outside of the time I foolishly agreed to go winter camping near Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan one February long ago. See, I thought, even kids can get cold on a sunny summer's day. Cool Sun