When last we discussed my little criminal, we talked about her penchant for bookeating. Well, she has costlier habits too. Stinkerbell McZippereater has an issue with winter coats. Really, she doesn't have the issue, my pocketbook does. One by one, this child will destroy the zipper of a winter coat in no time flat. I put her on the bus in the morning with a perfectly good coat, and she comes home in the afternoon with teeth missing. Not her teeth. The zipper teeth. If I were handy with a sewing machine, there wouldn't be a problem. I'm not.
So far this winter, we are on our third winter coat. We started the season with an old one we found in the basement that still had teeth in the zipper. We've since moved on to my coat from two years ago. Yesterday, her first day back to school since last Tuesday (I kept her home when the temps dipped below zero last week), I put her in my chocolate colored Ralph Lauren coat, and she came home with a half eaten zipper. I'm not certain where the teeth go, I only know they're gone.
Today, I had to put her in my own pretty red coat. I think she must have worn it before because there was a snap missing (she likes snaps too). The zipper works just fine, but without the snap to protect the zipper, I am certain the zipper won't be fine by tonight.
I don't know what Stinker's problem is with the zippers. I only know a winter coat doesn't last a single season. When I shop for a coat, it has to zip, and it has to have a closure to hide the zipper. This limits us. Now that it's late in the season, the pickings are slim when it comes to coats that meet this criteria. I need to try to find another coat for her to wear so that I can salvage my own before it's too late.