… one piece snowsuits?
From the Padlet suggestion wall comes this from Anonymous
One piece snowsuits. You had to lay them on the ground and sort of crawl or contort your way into them like an Olympic gymnast. Then it was like trying to walk on the moon once you got outside in them. One of my favourite scenes from a Christmas story is the kid in the snowsuit crying: I can’t move my arms.. so true.
Conspiracy theory … it’s a lobby from kindergarten teachers who have to help put them on and off at recess and school start/ends.
Personally, I don’t have a timeline to refer to on this. Memories aren’t that accurate. I do remember a time when my parents had purchased one for me (and the older one got passed down to my brother) and I wore it to school. The only negative thing I can recall is that the cool kids had shed theirs at some point and were wearing just coats instead. It did make me feel left out.
Of course, eventually, I got to wear a coat instead of that silly snowsuit. I do remember that snowball fights and bodysledding at recess were a great deal colder and wetter.
But that lasted until high school and the year my parents bought a snowmobile. Whipping through Hullett Township in Huron County in the winter can be brutal so everyone had a one piece snowsuit again. On the occasion that we were allowed to take the snowmobile to school, we didn’t wear the snowsuit and it really made a difference.
On those really cold nights when the driveway needed to be cleaned with the snowblower, my dad would put on this suit to stay warm. We weren’t allowed to use the snowblower but there always was a shovel.
For those times we went cross-country skiing, it was back to a winter coat and long underwear. They did OK, I guess, but were certainly not in the same warmth class as a one piece.
One piecers did have one significant drawback though. When nature calls, it’s a whole routine to undress enough to take care of business. I can’t imagine helping an entire class of kids through the process.
For a Sunday, do you have any stories to share?
- Do you remember wearing a one-piece snowsuit?
- At what age does a fashion statement kick in and the snowsuit get dropped for just a regular coat?
- It’s now possible to get a two-piece snowsuit that work like a pair of coveralls with a coat over top. What could go wrong?
- If you are or were a snowmobiler, what was your attire?
- How about for cross-country skiers?
- Regular skiers?
Please share you thoughts in the comment below and feel free to add additional thoughts to the Padlet if you have a topic that we can have fun with on a future Sunday morning?
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