My children love shoes.
At age three you can get my daughter to do almost anything for the promise of the wear of a new pair of shoes. And I tested this out recently. She was having a bad day. On weekends she very rarely eats unless I give her cake and candy and sorry I donot give in to such terrorist demands. And this weekend was no different except I think she got gas, which caused her little tummy to gripe so even when I resorted to all the sweet treats she still would not eat.. she didn’t want me to hold her, BUt she didn’t want me to not not hold her! And all the while wailing up a storm.
So at the end of my wits I was like sweetie I would let you wear the pretty pink shoes if you promise to stop crying Ok! So she looks at me between the tears stunned, you see I had hidden the shoes away because she kept wanting to wear them even though they were two sizes too big. WELL when she realized I was serious all signs of tears, bawling and redness were instantly sucked right back in and the Biggest brightest smile was plastered on her face for about three hours after and I am not even exaggerating. And the shoes have not been off her feet since.
Now my son at 5 is showing how very much of a boy he is. He loves a black flip flop on a cute girl. Normally he shies away from too much physical contact from strange people. But give him a girl in a black flip flop and if she is cute, boy he would be in her lap in no time flat asking for hugs. If she is not so cute well it takes a short while longer.
Case in point- We went to the beach recently and I saw him looking intently in the direction of drinks stall and no matter what I said he kept staring over at the stall. Until eventually he made his way closer and closer and that was when I saw the woman who was sitting in the stall and what she was wearing. They were black flip flops with sequins. And she was shaking her leg. Now sorry I am not being mean but she was not that cute… that is why my son took his time, but the shoes were so cool that eventually he was following her around back and forth as she tended to her wares, and when I became impatient and said Hey honey lets go in the water! He proceeds to go to this strange woman and asks for a hug!! Oh the woman was besides her self, talking about how I have to watch this one, because he is a playa waiting to happen, as she glows excitedly at my son’s affection. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that "It’s all about the shoes, Honey!!"
( I would have added some pictures, but I dropped my camera and now it is on the blink SOB!!!)