I hate shoes. In fact, I think my feet may be claustrophobic. So much in fact, that I have to sleep with one foot out from under the covers. ALWAYS! My kids are the same way.
Ever since they were born, keeping shoes on them has been a challenge. Luckily, we live in the South and going barefoot is second nature. The only problem with this is that my daughter loses shoes constantly. She probably leaves her flip flops or tennis shoes at a neighbors house once a week, if not more. And I can't count the number of times that they are left outside in our or a neighbors yard.
Tuesday, this became a problem. A HUGE problem.
As we were leaving the house and rushing to make my nephews 9:30am appointment, I noticed Reagan didn't have on any shoes. When I asked her where they were, she said in our neighbors yard and that she was going to get them. Not thinking of it again, I started helping my sister get her kids in the van and then we left.
Fast forward to the part where we are 30 minutes from home, in the middle of downtown, 5 minutes late for my nephews doctors appointment, and Reagan saying to me, "Mommy, you do know I don't have on shoes, right?"
After I calmed down and convinced myself that beating her wasn't the solution, I decided that the only option was to put her in the stroller and let her hold my nephew. I was not going to be the mom that let her kid walk around Children's Hospital barefoot.
Even so, I can't tell you how many "looks" we got when people noticed that my almost 7 yo didn't have on shoes. I thought many times about making a sign for her to hold up that said, "I left my shoes at home, please stop staring at me."
Parent of the Year right hear folks. Be jealous!!