My spirited 6 year old daughter has started coming home from school with wet muddy shoes on a regular basis. Last week I’d had enough.
I asked her, “Really? Again? Why? “What could you possibly be doing at recess that would get your shoes that muddy!?! Well???” I say.
She looks at me, wheels churning, “It’s just so wet at recess…too many swamps. I play this game. I just can’t help it!”
Yesterday, I found out her game.
I went to pick my daughter up from school. As I was waiting in my graham cracker crumb filled mini-van, I spotted her a distance away. All of the other children are quickly running or walking away from the school. Not my daughter.
She is standing on the grass, just off of the walkway, on the precipice of what appears to be a gigantic lake of water–a 10 foot long puddle! I see her innocently dip the toe of her shoe in and I know there is little hope. The puddle is beckoning her and, sadly, I am too far away to save the shoes!
Suddenly, she makes her decision. She leaps like a sprinting deer and bounds straight through the length of puddle! Noooo!
We have now started the Davis Family Footwear Foundation and will be accepting mud-free shoes and rain boots in a child size 11.