Monday, June 8, 2009

Silly Shoes

Well, I seem to have taken a blogcation but it actually wasn't on purpose! I just didn't seem to have much to say.

But that never lasts long (just ask my husband).

Lots of things did happen this past week (listened to a Holocaust survivor speak, spoke with my children's teachers, finishing up the school year) but what I really want to write about is something involving my kids.

Two weeks ago I went to the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. I never go to that store unless they are having a sale because I love to shop and don't have the money you need to be able to buy stuff in that store. I did not take any children but picked out shoes for them and brought them home. Of course none of them fit (except the pair that I bought for myself) and I needed to return them.

On the return trip I made a BIG mistake and took 3 out of 4 of the kids with me. Bad, Bad Idea. One which I will never make again!! What was I thinking? I wasn't thinking I can tell you that. Because I walked out of the store with 3 pairs of Lelli Kelly shoes for almost $200! For those of you without daughters or small children these are THE shoes to have. Every girl's dream. Sequins and jewels galore.

I think you get the idea. But I do not ever spend that kind of money on my kid's shoes. (And two pairs were even on sale!) They grow out of them too fast and are too hard on their shoes for it too be worth it. But they begged and pleaded. And then they pulled out the card that tugs on my heartstrings: "All the other girls in my school have them."

Now, I know this isn't true. Those shoes are too much money for everyone to have them. But there are girls wearing them. And my girls want to be like them. And then I feel bad. Because I want my kids to have what others have even if that is superficial of me.

In the end, I held on to the shoes for a week without letting the girls wear them. And then I returned them. Partly because they were just too darn much money and partly because my kids were not behaving and they need to earn something that nice and expensive.

Then I went to Payless and bought 6 pairs of shoes for $60. And I feel much better.


Yitzy, Seth said...

Well written!!!

Shosh said...

Wow. Good for you. Im sure the girls are upset now but they'll thank you for it when they are mature, responsible, un-spoiled adults who know how to save money.

Bigger girl shoes must be more expensive than little girl shoes because T has Lelli Kellys but they were only $30. Plus, that's all I'm spending, since I only have one girl....the boys barely notice if they're wearing shoes at all, forget what they look like.

Anonymous said...

Great post. Tell me what size shoes the girls are wearing these days and I will buy keds for them and then bejewel the bejezzus out of them! :) I can make cute, fun sparkly shoes that look just like lellikellys (never even heard of them before!) and I will only charge you $120. :) hehehehe.... it's a steal!