My mother wanted all her little Hausers in mittens because she wanted us to be warm. Cool was not an issue for Mom. For some reason she thought cuteness was a reasonable substitute for cool.
Not long ago, I had a discussion with a co-worker about celebrities - whether they were gloves or mitten people - or, as mitten people put it, image-obsessed or genuine characters.
Our guesses (we didn't google,) weren't too far off, though she insisted that Johnny Depp was a mitten person.
But let's go to the people we got right.
I know I've seen Al Roker in gloves, but I figure that was the official Today Show wardrobe. Al doesn't seem to be obsessed with image. Not only are these mittens, but they're Canadian. That's a pretty bold statement.
Of it would be if Oprah wasn't wearing the same mittens. Maybe Al gave them to her. After all, Oprah doesn't have much money.
Anne Hathaway seems to be a fearless type. I applaud her choice of hand-ware - especially as it's really hard to make a good clapping noise when you're wearing thick wool on your hands.
Is there any more genuine celebrity than Santa? If you can drive a reindeer-powered sleigh faster than the down of a thistle, then why does anyone really need gloves?
Of course, not all hand-ware consists of mittens or gloves.
But there's something about this that creeps me out.
John Oliver and his mittens of disapproval for Jack Warner and FIFA.