TRL* has fully integrated into suburbia and parenting. It’s not that he wears sweatpants everywhere, it’s that he now has different sweatpants for different occasions.
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Like Mister Rogers changing his shoes, TRL wakes up and takes off his sleeping sweatpants to put on his ‘driving the kids to daycare’ sweatpants: A subtle but important change from basic blue gym sweats to white-stripped Adidas work-out pants. And later, he just may change into his black REI ‘working at the computer and about the house’ mid-weight fleece pants. These are his favorites, and S has banned them from her sight.
“I am so sick of these,” she exclaims. “I’m taking you shopping for a different pair.”
Which excites TRL beyond any reason. For he knows the secret to parenting: it is comfort. And there is nothing more comfortable than sweatpants, preferably one for every occasion.