no doubt this young man will be a fine member of the community.
Heck, I wore short pants all through "grammar" school - or the equivalent, in England. We had a few sub zero days, too, longing to be 'upperclassmen' who were allowed to don long trousers. Of course, we wore long soccer type socks, the short pants were wool, pretty heavy, and we had undershirts, longsleeves white cotton shirts , school vest, tie, and school cap.And a 'short' jacket, also wool. So only the knees, and with a breeze, the ole privates, mayhap, got rather frosty. Eeee though, sometimes I can still feel that wind, in me soul.
And we walked uphill, both ways, came home and got thrashed, again, and *liked* it!
Ah well, I'd trade a month of todays for a single hour with her, Jane, once more. Often wonder what she's doing, nowadays, my first girlfriend. We never even kissed, but we had one or two (or was it three?) "secret moments". I must have been all of six or seven, girls were still officially "icky". Jane was our next door neighbour, a sports type, loved to play cricket, soccer, volleyball, badminton. I was only fair at badminton, total "no-hoper" at the rest, but amazingly later on in my youth I got quite good at volleyball. She would be proud, and I daresay my 'keeping at it' was for her memory, more than anything else. And then I got a growth spurt, tried basketball, did better at football, even did a bit of high school intramurals as center.
The worst I ever did at school was wear my "Punk" outfit for Halloween, 1977. And most people did not even "get it" - they said I looked like a garbage collector, or a bum. Really ripped blue jeans (Ramones style), chain for a belt, with padlock for 'buckle', trashed white t-shirt, covered with grease, and new hair cut- pretty short for me, for then. and my square-toe motorcycle boots. And an Elvis lip-curl from time to time. So, maybe more fifties than anything, but close enuff for Bellaire High.
So, I give Salutations to this brave soul, only the strong survive, and he'll, I suspect, be around for a while...