Monday, January 16, 2017

Shoelaces and Love - A Snippet

I've been reading Dr. Seuss to the 7 kindergarten classrooms at Prince Elementary School helping with the transition from recess to classwork.

I hang out with the kids on the playground before then; there are hugs and there are Hi, Grandma!!'s and there are untied shoelaces.  I believe that the Untying Fairy flies over the area and afflicts every other shoe in the vicinity.

I used to bend over and tie one and move on.  Lately, now that the kindergarteners and I have bonded over Horton hatching that egg, I've had to sit on the ground.  There are too many to do in a crouch... even when I could crouch with comfort.

And there I was on Friday, looking at untied and too long laces and knotted laces and soaking wet laces and muddy laces when I noticed a pair of grey shoes, laces loosely but securely tied. I watched from the corner of my eye as one shoe, slowly and stealthily, tugged on the longer end of the other shoe's lace, untying it.

It took a while, but that lace ended up in the Bring me that shoelace! brigade surrounding me.

Who knew that tying shoelaces would be a thing?  Love shows up in the most unexpected places, sometimes.


  1. Tie my shoe, tie my shoe....look I got new shoes...I got rain boots...I have a new baby's my sister's birthday...when's your birthday is coming soon in April.

    Oh, yes, they have so many stories.

    Seven kindergarten classes, oh my. Columbia has 5.

  2. I love this post! Something as trivial as tying shoes reminds us of love and then it's not so trivial. :) I'm still trying to get my seven year-old to learn how to tie his shoes. I never realized how hard it is. He can put together Legos for 12 year-olds, but I cannot get him to grasp how to tie his shoes. His pediatrician told me he should know by now, but even I have a harder time with the new ways of tying shoes--so I'm teaching him the way I learned and I never thought it would be this hard.

    I love hearing the stories about your visits to Prince. They are so hopeful and filled with love.

    Hope you are having a great Monday.

    Megan xxx

    1. YAY! I worry that they might be too smarmy, but they are so wonderful I just have to share!

  3. What a sweet little post. That sneaky little gray sneaker wearer, that needed your love touch too.


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