"Oh, I didn't know you ever wore those yoga pants to school," I said.
"Well," she said, "Yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and Toms, that's the thing now."
"That's the thing now?" I asked, "What about jeans and cowboy boots, is that no longer a thing?"
She assured me that jeans and cowboy boots was still also a thing.
In the rear view mirror I spied her friend Claire getting out of her family's SUV.
I said, "Wow, you're right. There's Claire wearing yoga pants, Toms, and a sweatshirt. She has a bow in her hair and is also chewing gum."
Laura said, "Her mother lets her chew gum."
I opined as how that must be nice for her. What's funny is that I don't actually FORBID GUM, but it is not part of our lives, and whenever I see Laura with gum, I say, "Where did you get that? Why don't you go spit it out?" I think it's one of the least attractive things you can do with your face.
Laura went on, "Whenever any of my friends asks me if I want gum, I say, 'Noooo.'" And here she affected a glum, hangdog look.
I said, "Yes, as I have mentioned before, you will never see Kate Middleton with gum in her mouth."
I offered that as though it closed the case. Laura sat in silent acquiescence.
I don't know why I make a thing of the things I make a thing of, I just do. There's a method to it all, somewhere.