Hoodies …. Not just for thugs

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My son (8) has a purple zip up hooded top
He doesn’t wear it in the house
But he wears it Everywhere else
with the hood up
and the zip zipped all the way.
Rain, shine, or boiling temperatures
he’s in his hoody
This doesn’t worry me as I know it’s important to how he feels.
And school have been letting him wear it.
But a couple of things do worry me,
we walked past a man on a warm day , O was clearly too hot.
sweating like a pig in a butchers shop
in fact.
but he was happy ,safe.
The man spoke up as we walked past ” get that blooming hoodie off and get in the sun”
followed by ” you should know better mum , take his hoodie off , its too hot ” O may well have been too hot , he had had plenty to drink though and most importantly he felt safe. Safe in his hoody ,and to him thats more important than being a bit cooler.
I also worry that as he grows older
he will be labelled as a ‘thug’ or a ‘ chav’ lazy , impolite , etc because he
may still need his hoodie then.
It’s time that people realised not only thugs wear hoodies.
in fact a hoody can have a hugely positive effect on a child/ person with ASD. it can help keep some of the senses out , too much noise , touch etc , therefore comforting and often avoiding a meltdown. also
wearing a particular item of clothing is often a repetitive obsessive behaviour so please when you see a child or adult in a hoodie don’t expect the worse , don’t judge and if you see a child zip and hood up on a hot day please don’t embarrass the child , or their adult by suggesting they are incapable of judging the weather / temperature

think before you speak.

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3 responses »

  1. I’m 32 and I wear a hoodie most days. It’s usually for practicality but when I’m having a hard day and my anxiety is taking over just putting up the hood can be like donning an invisibility cloak. I feel as though no-one can see me and I feel protected.

    It makes me sad that so many of your posts relate to people judging the unfamiliar and criticising individuals and situations they know little or nothing about. People should keep their judgmental idiocy to themselves or (here’s a revolutionary idea) educate themselves and be more understanding.

    Rant over. πŸ˜‰

  2. Thank you for this post. Think it is so easier to judge. There is so much fear in society nowadays that one does not always stop to think of the other reasons.

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