A pair so fabulous you had to sleep with them on?
It must be around the grand age of six that we cross this particular rite of passage. A new pair of shoes. Not just any shoe, but the snazziest and trendiest at the time.
Even at that age, it was a battle of will between Mother & you over which shoe to buy. A case of durability over style. Boring and yukky at that age. We wanted a style that we thought was the Bee's Knees. Mothers tended to look for shoes that helped a possible bad posture / instep and would outlast vigourous wear. What did we know then anyway. All that counted was to be noticed and admired in kindergarten the next day.
Can you remember having to try on the rather nerdy shoes first. Parents can be so cruel at times. Imagine getting shoes that don't blink, shine or overpower your friends? When we did get one of those snazzy lot, most of us couldn't sleep. Did you also paraded around the living room and did you also sleep with our new best shoes on your feet? Or at least next to your pillow?
Even our outfit that 1st day of showing off was chosen to highlight the new shoes. Wearing shorts / short pants / or skirts just to ensure they get noticed? Oh, those were the days, where we still found joy in the normal mundane stuff.
One of the boys arrived for our English class yesterday sporting a new pair of shoes. Good golly, you couldn't miss them and just in case we had missed his new footwear, he made sure to sit with his feet predominantly displayed at the table. To give him credit, he didn't plonk them on the table.
Oh, he was so chuffed with his new shoes. They still had brilliant form and colour which, I have to mention is not often guaranteed with boys. Puddles, fields and some such tend to be huge attractions.
" Oh, let me see your new shoes."was the one question, that brought a huge proud smile onto his face. He was beaming from ear to ear for almost the entire hour. Isn't great when the ordinary things still make a difference to children.