March 4, 2010

Double Joy

In early December, my daughter and I went to the store. I bought her a pair of sneakers. Her choice.

"You're sure that's what you want?" I asked before pulling out my credit card.
My then six-year-old assured me that she loved the shoes and would probably get married in them.

The next morning, my daughter put on her new shoes and ran around our yard for three minutes. When she returned, she tossed the shoes on the kitchen counter.

"I've decided I don't like these shoes," she told me. "I want you to take them back."

My explanation of why that was not an option was not well received.
"So what if there's mud all over them?" she cried. "Someone will wear them!"

She never did fully accept the idea that that person was her.

Shortly after this episode, the shoes disappeared from the shoe racks in the garage. Countless hours of searching failed to turn up the despised foot coverings.

"Oh well!" my daughter said when I announced that I had given up looking for them.

You can imagine my daughter's excitement when she came home from school the next day to find a pair of the exact same sneakers sitting on her bed.

"Surprise!" I shouted. "I bought you another pair!"
My daughter's joy was palpable.

Today, my daughter has two reasons to rejoice. My clothes dryer is about ready to give up the ghost. When I moved the appliance away from the wall to perform its last rites, the missing shoes came into view.




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42 comments

Gwenevere said...

You bought her the SAME pair of shoes?! You are mean....or am I missing something?

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myelphie said...

I LOVE it!!!!

Baby Boberg & Parents said...

You are awesome! That is so what my mother would have done to me.

Tricia said...

That's perfect. Now she can keep one pair nice and clean for her wedding day.

likeschocolate said...

I wish I had your guts. I bet my children might behave better if I could get up a little more backbone. Good for you!

Margaret said...

That is something my grandma would have done to me if I had complained about shoes I just bought.

Jean said...

Bwahahahahahaha!!!! Brilliant.

Kelli said...

Absolutely perfect! :)

Melissa said...

this makes me wish i had become a mom...i would want to be the meanest mom...you are freakin' brilliant!

Renate Hunter said...

Hopefully a good lesson was learned--hats off to you.

Emily Heizer Photography said...

DUH Gwen! She's the "meanest mom" for a reason!

REJOICE in the name of the Matthew's Family! Jana has triumphed again!

Mal said...

I need to remember that one in five years.

Amelia said...

It's official. You're my hero. :-)

The Mom said...

AWESOME! You are brilliant!

Six-Pack Momma said...

I think the best part of this is that now you have shoes to hand down to your boys. :)

Julie said...

Parenting 101...this needs to be in the manual!

Sugar said...

You ARE good.....and brilliant!
Will you tell us the story about how you actually bought the second pair?! Did you think long and hard about it?!
Hilarious!

Crazy Lady said...

Yay for fickle fashion!

Kristine said...

love.
it.

not a better example of perfect parenting could exist!!!!

Lisha said...

I agree with Amelia, You're my hero too! What a great come back. Do you think she'll ever realize that she's met her match?

the thrifty ba said...

you are the bestmom ever! so great!

Jo Power said...

You have made me laugh so much and I completely get it and have suffered similar daughter dilema's xx

Carrie Stuart said...

That is so awesome. Way to NOT let her deceptiveness pay off! I SO would have done the same thing. Mean moms...UNITE!

jennie w. said...

Oh, you are good. You are very good.

jenj22 said...

I have always found the missing shoes or clothes of my daughters that she just can't stand the sight of anymore. I holding this trick for the day she gets a hiding spot I can't find.
I thought she was the only one that loved something until we got it home.

annie said...

I am SO doing this - thank you for your wisdom!

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Doubly Blessed said...

That. is. awesome.

Nancy Sabina said...

My daughter has tried to pull the same trick. Buying her the same pair again is genius!

Diana said...

You are my hero...and made me chuckle.

larshannon said...

I don't envy your daughter at all. That was brilliant.

Joanna Wilson said...

holy .... you are so funny

Kim Ginsberg said...

Allow me to put you on a pedestal and bow at your feet. I love it!

Kacy said...

Well done.

Too Many Hats said...

Oh good, she will have them twice as long now.

pajamadays said...

Love your humor - I am very glad that the offical title of meanest mom has already been taken. I'll certainly let my children know! I'll be sure to keep an eye on this blog.

Loni said...

From one mean mom to another: That is a classic story and I think it was the perfect solution!!

Tamara said...

That is a classic!!! Love it! Made me laugh out loud.

Anonymous said...

You sound like a mom way back when...As a kid my sister made fun of a boy that was wearing girls shoes to church. She saw him a few years ago and finds out, (40 years later), that he will never forget that day. He always lost his shoes. His mother finally had enough and made him wear his sisters shoes to church.

Diane Conn said...

I bought my kids new shoes yesterday. EVERY pair my son tried on was "too tight" even the shoes that were too big. It wasn't until I realized that he really wanted the $45 shoes with skulls on them and confirmed that I would not be buying him $45 shoes that he found a pair that was "loose enough".

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! You are the meanest mom!

Anonymous said...

Hope you've started a therapy jar for her too. I guess you've never had buyer's remorse- always worn everything you've ever bought until it was threadbare. How exhausting your house must be.