SHOELESS: The 'barefoot loving' kid
This morning, I dropped off my daughter at school and was about to drive off when I noticed a ‘shoeless’ little girl (probably somewhere between 2 and 3 years old) get out of a car with the help of one of her teachers. Judging by the kind of car she came out from, I concluded that this little miss could definitely not be in ‘want’ of shoes. So my question then was, ‘where in the world did her shoes disappear to?’
Immediately, as I worked at maneuvering my car into the ‘reverse’ direction, I called out to the teacher, bringing her attention to the ‘shoeless’ state of her student. In return, she called out to the girl’s dad who was at that time, preoccupied with getting his daughter’s bag out of the car.
Then just as I slowly drove off, an unsurprised daddy looked up and responded with what I made out to be an exasperated, ‘Oh she’s taken off her shoes again!’ In that moment I couldn’t help but laugh out loud because I totally got what had happened. You see, my daughter is very guilty of this very same ‘act’. I can’t begin to count the numerous times we have gotten to our destination, only for me to turn around and see that not only has she succeeded in taking off her shoes, her socks have been attacked as well.
Really, despite her infectious giggles, this ‘common sight’ could be very, very annoying on days when I’m in a hurry because I would then have to go through the time consuming trouble of hurriedly undoing the reparable ‘damage’ at hand.
There was actually a day when I was almost forced to say goodbye to her with only one sock in place because I just couldn’t figure out where she hid the second leg during our journey down to school. However good enough, just before she could disappear with her teacher, my eye caught the ‘missing’ sock which happened to be neatly tucked away, somewhere under her car seat.
So, with this being said, are that ‘poor’ dad and I alone in this ‘matter’? Or are there any other parents out there who have had to deal with a barefoot loving kid? Tell me, was it just a phase that your kid outgrew on his/her own or did you have to intervene in some way?
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