Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Flip Flop Wars





Popcorn has a flip-flop habit.

It actually started at a very early age...

When she was about four she would insist on wearing flip flops everywhere. One day I was to take her to her daycare, since I had to go to work for some training. Normally her daddy took her to daycare, and picked her up, since daycare is not open for 14 hours at a stretch.

Anyway, her sister was at school, and it was time for Popcorn to get her shoes on so we could go...

She showed up in a pair of Strawberry Shortcake flip flops. Yes, I remember the pair...

Me: You can't wear those to school. You will get stickers in your feet, and it is against the rules.

Popcorn: I want to wear these. Other kids wear sandals and flip flops! I AM wearing these!

Me: Other kids do not have me for a mommy. The rules for daycare are no open toed shoes, and no boots. Go put your tennis shoes on.

Popcorn: I HATE tennis shoes! I want to wear flip flops! (She is stomping into her bedroom.) When I am a mommy, I will NEVER let my kids even own flip flops! NEVER! They will only wear tennis shoes. My kids will never wear flip flops....

And she took off her flip flops and threw them across the room, put on her shoes and stomped out the door...

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She still loves sandals and flip flops. She claims her feet get claustrophobic (hot and squeezed) in tennis shoes. She begs to wear sandals. She begs to wear flip flops.

At our school here in Oklahoma, they are allowed to wear anything to school as long as they have something to change into for P.E.

I, being stubborn, disagree with this rule. I think she needs shoes that offer protection on. I think she needs to wear a shoe that completely covers her foot. Even if she can change for P.E., what a hassle for the teacher to wait for everyone to change shoes before they begin...

Today she offered a compromise:

She would wear tennis shoes, but pack flip flops to change into after P.E.

For a minute, I was stumped on how to handle this, but then a revelation came to me. I played my trump card.

Me: Do you think Daddy wants you to wear flip flops to school?

P: No. (said in a mumbling whisper)

Me: Do you think he would be irritated if he found out you wore them to school?

P: Yes. (again, mumbling and now shuffling feet)

Me: Do you think you should just wear tennis shoes all day?

P: (with a big sigh) Yes.

And, she went off to school.

But, I did spy a pair of these in the floor of the back seat....





Now, I'm not saying she was contemplating wearing them anyway, they could have been there for days, and I just noticed them.

But, it still gave me a chuckle when I saw them.

P.S. My girls have been using my camera. Isn't it amazing how beautiful weeds can look? Welcome, Spring!!!

5 comments:

thelumberjackswife said...

My girls love flip flops too!!!

Dawn said...

I would have let her wear the flip flops....bwahaha!

Marilyn said...

Your weeds are beautiful. I thought one of them was an actual flower.

mindy@thesuburbanlife said...

My daughter went through a period where all she would agree to wear were a pair of shiny gold plastic high heels. Everywhere. Luckily she hadn't started school yet but the people in the grocery store sure gave me odd looks. =)
Mindy
www.thesuburbanlife.com

Paulette said...

Doodlebug quit wearing flip flops to school when she had her big toe nail ripped off by one of the doors. Poor baby... She was in third grade.

Now, Andi, my dear.

We homeschool our daughter and have for the past four years. She is ready to graduate high school but we have chosen to keep her in the program for at least another two years.

We began homeschooling because of the inept practices of the public school system. I kept comparing the school to Laverne...

Mrs. Armor helped me out tremendously (until she passed) and supported our move to homeschool. May she rest in peace.

I will stop now because I could rant, rant, rant, rant and rant somemore about the crappy public school systems. They just do not make teachers like they used too.

I think we really had the best.