“Your son must be very strong. He doesn’t even need a sweater!”
Is the round-about way a nursery school teacher pointed out that my son was the only child in the classroom not wearing the wool school sweater (over the compulsory white shirt and bow tie). It was a strong hint that he should wear the v-neck pullover tomorrow.
The temperature in the classroom was roughly 20 degrees Celsius (68 F).
One month ago, the children wore the summer uniform. The summer uniform is a blue short-sleeved shirt and plaid shorts that could double (in size and appearance) as boxer shorts for a grown man.
The air-conditioned summertime temperature in the classroom was roughly 20 degrees Celsius (68 F).
People in southern China (including Hong Kong) have a compulsion to wrap up children warmly whenever there is the smallest hint of a cool breeze.
Six years ago, when my daughter was a toddler in nearby Zhuhai, I received rivers of unsolicited advice from strangers on how many more layers of clothing she required. After dispensing this advice, they’d feel her tiny hands and say, “oh, she’s warm.” Caught-out, more than one commentator opined that she must be warm because we are foreigners and therefore consume too many dairy products.
Taking this folk wisdom to its logical conclusion, I am now able to share a mathematical tool for dressing children during south China’s “winter:”
Given the theorem, tomorrow I will tell my son’s nursery school teacher:
“He is not wearing the v-neck sweater, as he ate a large bowl of Greek yogurt for breakfast.”