Friday, December 29, 2006

sole-less

Having your parents in your 800' house for an entire week teaches you many things. Least of which is discovering that you've continued to allow your kid to wear shoes 1 and 1/2 sizes too small for god knows how long. While I admit that I haven't noticed and have no idea how long this has been an issue, I guess I'd previously relied on the kid in question to alert me. (Perhaps all that falling down might have been an indicator?) It also means grandma bought the kid a new pair of shoes. Being a neglectful mother has it's perks.

So I was going through M's shoes this AM and she is convulsing on the floor in full throttle whine as I tried to weed out the other supposedly too small shoes, including a pair of velvet pink and purple fake-Chucks (which are pure money, by the way)

I took several pairs (unable to give up the stronghold on the fake-chucks) and put them all in a bag, and tried to explain to M that I was going to take them to share with other girls who need shoes of their own.

She looked at me mid-wail (one of my favorite things about her is that she can stop wailing on a dime), and said girlsnoshoes? Yes baby, some girls have no shoes. Do you mind if we share yours with them? Okkayymommy. And then her mighty preciousness took off her socks and put them in the bag girlsnosockstoooo okmommee?

Yes, baby, we can share those too.

28 comments:

Thailand Gal said...

Told ya. She's an old soul. She knew. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Anonymous said...

How precious...giving up her baby socks too! So unselfish at such a young age...

s@bd said...

every girl should have some shoes.

Z said...

Chip off the old (well, not very old) block there, Jen

Tabba said...

How precious. Like mother, like daughter ;)

Purple chucks?! Totally money....Gracie has a black pair with orange/red flames (were once Connor's).....chucks in general are money. But purple? Awesome!

QT said...

OMG, I love M! A little actress with some heart.

And I agree that the baby chucks are always awesome, regardless of color, but pink and purple surely takes the cake.

Joker The Lurcher said...

neglectful mother? my friend has a (now grown up) son who, when he was about 9 took to limping quite noticably. they were on the point of investigating medical reasons when it was discovered that the shoes has batteries secreted in the toes - no doubt by the lad himself, who is a technical type. when he was about 14 she took him to get new shoes and he had grown 3 sizes since the last pair. withering looks from the shoe shop lady...

crazymumma said...

apple. tree. falls not far from. you know.

give her a big old kiss for me please.

urban-urchin said...

i too would like purple and pink velvet chucks, the girl has a heart and good taste...

wonder where she gets it from? ;)

Momish said...

How funny, I just went through Piper's drawers today and we made a very nice pile of lovely clothes to give away. And, yes, shoes. M's heart is as golden as her parents. No shocker there!

Julie Pippert said...

Okay...listen...un-bad-parent yourself. Promise?

My kid will wear things and not tell me they aren't her size any longer because she hates to give them up. Shoes, she usually points out to me.

Lovely generosity on your daughter's part. :)

ECR said...

It is going to be fun to regale M's older self with stories of her early philanthropy, when it was all boiled down to girlsnoshoes and girlsnosocks. It sounds like she's on her way to doing a lot of good.

Mad Hatter said...

Her mother's girl.

Anonymous said...

oh baby girl! what a sweetheart....you done good with her, sister

meno said...

The drama gene runs true, as does the generosity gene.

We were visiting some friends years ago and they were using a tablespoon as a shoehorn to get their daughter's shoes on. I think that might have been an indication to them that the shoes were too small, but no.

deb said...

She sounds like a sweetheart.

Mrs. Chicky said...

A girl who will willingly give up her shoes and socks? She'll be saving the world in no time.

acumamakiki said...

i love the stop crying on a dime, i've got one of those myself. i also love how much kids understand, if you just tell them they really do get it. personally, i can understand the wailing for pink and purple shoes.

ecm said...

Great story. Kids just really get it sometimes.

carrie said...

You are doing a much better job than I!! Katie threw a fit when we told her that we were going to donate one of her strollers that we don't use anymore and she cried -- real tears!! We had to sneek it out to the donation pile in the middle of the night!

Don't even ask me how I got her to give up her sparkly red Dorothy shoes when she grew out of them.

Carrie

Sandra said...

That totally brought a tear to my eye. But its no wonder shes such a sweet girl with a mama like you.

Wishing you and yours the happiest new year ever.

I am so grateful to have found you in the blogosphere this year and look forward to following your journey through 2007 with all its usual wisdom, inspriation, and honesty.

KC said...

I love it when you say "pure money".

This is so beautiful. I can't wait to see what an extraordinary woman M becomes. Shoes not so important. A generous soul...priceless.

Denguy said...

I used to bring The Bug with me to the soup kitchen. She was two and some folk thought she was too young to go.
But I don't always listen to some folk.

I'm glad you're teaching yours these things. Imagine if everyone did....

J Fife said...

Having family in a small house for extended periods of time is something that should not be repeated often. Ouch! I feel that pain.

What a generous soul you've given M...

flutter said...

I just needed to read this again. Those little souls are amazing, no?

Mary P. said...

Awww... this story made me choke up. I was reading it to my husband, and almost couldn't make it through "girlnosockstoo"?

PunditMom said...

Great story. At 7, R. still has a hard time understanding it when we talk about the children who don't have things and why we share or give things we have to others. Wouldn't it be great if the world was really a place where the need was gone and no one could even envision people who don't have clothes or food?

landismom said...

That is a really great story. Happy New Year!