so today . . . i was schooled! out maneuvered! intellectually smacked down!
by a cute little five year old girl. in curls. and twinkle toes . . .
i finally wore my twinkle toe sneakers to school yesterday. yes, out of the house. i did not make this move recklessly. oh no i did not . . . i actually went back to the store a fifth time and bought another pair of shoes a half size larger. i brought them home. i tried them out. they flopped. i tried them with different kinds of socks. they still flopped. i tried the smaller shoes. they didn't flop, but they were a little snug. after much testing, i came to the conclusion that there was no way i could make the larger pair work. if i wanted these incredibly cute shoes, i was just going to have to keep the smaller ones and hope they stretched out a bit.
so the decision was made. to seal the deal, i wore them to school yesterday and returned the larger pair to the store during my lunch hour. i wore them all day. by the time i got home, i was ready to take them off and let my toes wiggle free! but it was ok--the shoes looked too cute for words, and my feet survived.
today, two little girls wore their twinkle toe sneakers to school. when i saw the first pair, it had laces, and i thought, "wow! why didn't they put laces on the adult shoes? why did they have to make them slip ons?" then the second little girl came in, curls bouncing (yes, here it comes . . . ) "look at my shoes, teacher!" she said. "i have twinkle toes too!" her mother came in behind her, shaking her head. "she said she HAD to wear those shoes today. she has never worn them before, but today she HAD to wear them, because ms. julie had twinkle toes on yesterday."
i am pretty sure the mom did not think i had really worn twinkle toes yesterday. i am pretty sure she thought no one over the age of eight would wear them! i am pretty sure of this because of the way she looked at me when i assured her that yes, i had worn twinkle toe sneakers to school yesterday.
pretty soon i heard that same little girl say, "i am going to ask my mom to get me some shoelaces for these shoes--sparkly ones!" and my adult mind said, "that is a crazy idea! she doesn't need shoelaces. those are slip on shoes! what will she do with shoe laces?!?"
and that's when it hit me! shoe laces! duh!!
because even though the style of my shoes were designed to be slip-ons, they had holes for shoe laces. i could have bought sparkly shoe laces, laced those bigger shoes up, tied them tightly, and they wouldn't have flopped on my feet! they would have been perfect!!
it was a brilliant idea--conceived by a five year old girl who wanted just a little more bling in her life. really, a girl after my own heart. and without even thinking about it, she had solved the problem that had puzzled me for days!! DAYS, i tell you!!! shoelaces. why didn't i think of that. it was just the solution i needed . . .
. . . IF i still had the larger sized shoes. and IF i hadn't already worn the smaller ones all day yesterday. if only i had procrastinated just one or two more days . . .
sometimes i think the cosmos is mocking me . . .