Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I’m a cold-blooded creature.
After moving permanently to the fairly clement South of France from Britain almost fifteen years ago mainly because of the weather, I still feel cold in my house with the central heating on and several heaters plugged in as well at this time of year.
New York City is freezing at the moment (well, 3°) and it’s making me shiver seeing this photograph of six-year-old Suri Cruise wailing as she leaves an office building at night with her mother, wearing nothing on her legs and a short skirt – which is presumably what she wore to school that morning.
What’s wrong with Katie? – I wore tights to school when I was her daughter’s age and with a meeting to attend after picking her up, she could have easily packed a warmer outfit for her to change into.
What’s worse is that she’s smiling for the photographers, rather than going back into the building, calming her child down, taking her own coat off and wrapping it around Suri and scooping her up and into their waiting car.
I’ve had a look at Suri’s school The Avenues school uniform policy and tights and trousers are allowed for girls- as you can see from her talking to some classmates earlier in the day.
I’m sure Little Miss Cruise insists on choosing what she wears in the morning and I used to constantly battle with my own little darling who’d refuse to wear a coat when it was freezing outside and when he did, he’d continually leave it at the school, but you have to let the tantrum go over your head and force them to wear what you want them to anyway.
Because if you don’t, as well as ending up in bed with a cold and feeling very un-festive which is very boring for them, they walk around the city looking like this – which doesn’t make for a very PR-friendly photograph with Tom Cruise and $cientology Inc. watching like hawks and taking notes so they can outdo Katie when it’s their turn to have Suri.
That noise you can hear is Tom dressed in a fur-lined Santa suit riding into NYC on a heated sleigh to pick Suri up and whisk her off to California for some sunny photo ops to coincide with his two movies hitting cinemas over Christmas.