Monday, June 2, 2008

Sneaker Woes

The laces that came with Lars' sneakers are about 12" longer than they should be. As a result, even though the sneakers are high-tops, the laces drag the ground in a trip-hazard sort of way even when the shoes are well tied...and, let's be honest, the sneakers of a seven-year-old boy are rarely well tied. We've been meaning to replace the laces - really! - but somehow seven (ok, eight) months have passed and those darned laces are still too long. I finally made it over to Target to get replacements. Standing before the shoelace display, I was wondering what length would work (what? measure them before trying to buy? who?), when I realized the absurdity of buying new shoelaces for shoes that are already worn through at the heel...so I repositioned myself in front of actual shoes and called home. "Confirm sizes of the kids' sneakers for me, please?"

Chaos ensued. Chris could only validate one size; the other pair of shoes was too worn down to read. Lars began calling out names of friends of his that have sneakers like what he wanted. Ross started with a color - black - and wanted the kind with some letters, V-A-N-S. Their voices swam in and out of focus and I pictured the kids leaping at Chris like puppies, trying to get close to the phone to make sure their orders were placed. Finally, the kids settled a bit. I got Ross on the phone and asked if he wanted sneakers like the ones he has (sans letters) or if he must have the letters? When he didn't answer right away, I put in that the ones he has are $18 and the ones with letters are $36, then explained that we'd split the cost of the more expensive ones, if he wanted those. The idea of using $18 of his current $19 on shoes didn't hold much appeal, so he settled for ones without letters. I started to describe the three color and pattern choices in the shoes before me but got frustrated, so we hung up. I picked two pairs of shoes and got out of there.

I found the two skeptics at home, arguing. Ross clearly did not think anything in my bag would ever touch his feet. Lars looked worried about why Ross was looking like someone had covered the sun and wondering if he should also be concerned. "Ok," I said, "I'm going to give you the shoes I picked out. You can say whatever you want to - POLITELY - about them. If you don't like them, we'll take them back. IF YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF IN AN INAPPROPRIATE WAY," I raised my voice for emphasis, "Any inappropriate way, we will take these shoes back and arrange some very pink, probably sparkley GIRL SHOES for you to wear until your feet grow again." After a bit of mumbled discussion, they followed me downstairs.

With the threat of glaring girl shoes hanging over their heads, the boys viewed their new sneakers. Amazingly, both of them were happy with my choices! As they tried on their new shoes, Ross asked, "Mama, you wouldn't really have made us wear girl shoes, would you?"

I cheerily retorted, "Oh, yes I would have!"

"Told you," Lars sneered, and with that the boys ran off to continue their argument break in their new shoes.

5 comments:

Sister K said...

what happened to lars' cool austin shoes? i know ross doesn't have his replacements yet....

Chaotic Joy said...

Was I the only one hoping that the boys would complain so we could see pictures of them in sparkly girl shoes?

karen said...

@ chaotic joy: I was disappointed too - I NEVER get to buy girl stuff...

LMP said...

Joy, I was right there with you. I considered the end of this post a sad one.

Karen, I will send you Kate & Sarah's sizes, feel free to buy them anything you want. :)

karen said...

@ lmp: send me sizes! You might want to ask Epiphany about the hot pink cowboy boots first, though...my taste can vary from others'.