Sunday, November 07, 2010
Your shoes are on the wrong feet again, dear
We're on the eve of Isla's fifth birthday, and, well..... Isla still doesn’t seem to get it.
I don’t think she cares, really. Why should she?
But I can’t help but wonder, when will she care? When will she try? Does it matter?
Will this apathetic little habit lead to a lifetime of chronic, pathological odd -sock wearing? (I was an odd sock wearer. It was a possibly one of my first, in a long line of, mini rebellions.)
Is this some indication of future rebellious and anti-authoritarian behavior?
Will her feet start turning out like a duck?
That said, I don’t like some of the tactics adults use to get their kids to put their shoes on the right feet.
An acquaintance of ours sees no problem in saying, “That’s just stupid” when his two, yes two, year old puts her shoes on the wrong feet.
I think he’s stupid. I think anyone who calls children stupid is stupid.
This is why, at this point, I have taken to remaining silent. If she likes the way her shoes look and feel when they are on the wrong feet, then who am I to tell her it's wrong, or weird, or stupid.
And if she doesn't like it, she'll figure out how to change it.