Friday, August 28, 2009
How Can This Be??? Velcro is the root of all evil....
Jim is going to night school to make up some credits that he's missing for graduation. This works well for me because David's bus comes at 6:35 but Little Man's doesn't come until 8:10. I leave for work at 6:15 so that's kind of a dilemma. NOW, Jim is responsible for feeding, dressing and taking Little Man to the bus in the mornings. Thank God for teenagers---it's like having a built in Manny. It's saving me time on the road and $$ for before school care (which I need now that I have to pay for parking. I'm not bitter, I'm just sayin's all). OK, now I digress. Too much information, Janie, just get to the point!
Well, in the middle of making breakfast yadda yadda, I set out clothes for Little Man. I find his rain boots and his favorite umbrella(s). I dig through the entry closet and find the umbrellas for the older manchildren. I set his backpack by the door, with his shoes tucked neatly inside, all the while eyeing the rain and feeling bad that they have to wait in this storm for the bus instead of in a nice, warm car.
This is when it hits me. Holy cow, Little Man doesn't know how to tie his shoes!! I can't send him to school in his favorite Cars rainboots and then have him humiliated because he can't tie his shoes!! Curse velcro! It has been the dumbing down of our children!! I start praying for the rain to subside so he can just wear his shoes, swearing that by the end of the weekend, he'll be a shoe-tying master. Well, prayer answered. The storm quit as I left for work.
I just got off the phone with Carlos. I tell him my thoughts on shoe-tying and the evils of Velcro. He agrees and mentions some rabbit ears thing or rabbit around a tree being chased by a lion down a hole. I don't know. I just sat here thinking my police officer had been sniffing the pepper spray. I was completely lost in this conversation. He asked, "Well, how did you teach Jim and David to do it?" (he's their stepdad, remember). Ummmm, I have no idea. I don't think I did. Stunned silence. "You mean our teenagers can't tie their own shoes??? I know you've spoiled them, but really???" (my kids get breakfast in bed every morning--just something I do before school). No, no, I explain. I think either their dad did it during one of my deployments or maybe Georgia, their old daycare provider in California.
So Holy cow! How can this be? How can it be that I've overlooked teaching my son one of the basic tenets of survival??? Now I'm having these completely random thoughts....What if his shoe becomes untied while he's on his scooter going down the hill to the marina on wet pavement with Beau in front of him and Chico the Wonder Dog chasing him with a car in front of him with his helmet unbuckled and a boat on the ramp and a cat on the side of the road and the dogs chase the cat and he puts his foot down to stop but trips on the lace? What then, huh? WHAT THEN????
Except for his cleats, his shoes have mostly been Velcro. I haven't thought about teaching him to tie them. He can't reach his feet in full pads for either LAX or football so I've always put his cleats on him.
Wow, bbbaaaadddd mommy. I will be completely neurotic about this until he can tie his shoes. There isn't enough beer or tequila or rum in the world to ease my guilt. Well, maybe there is.....