Tuesday, January 8, 2013
"Mmm hmmm", I replied after having anticipated this request.
"I buy you new shoes when the ones you have are worn out or too small."
"Exactly", he continued, "Mine are too small".
"I'll buy you new shoes when THE ONES I BOUGHT LAST TIME are worn out or too small", I rephrased.
The Thing What Happened
A week or two ago, Wolfgang went to the climbing center. Climbing center climbers wear climbing shoes. Bring climbing shoes there (or rent), take off the street shoes, put street shoes in a cubbie, go climb around, change shoes again before leaving.
Wolfgang wears nondescript black converse most of the time. They're about as unique among his peers as a nondescript black bicycle is in China.
So, it's probably pretty apparent what happened, right? He went to the climbing center, he swapped the nondescript shoes for his climbing shoes, he climbed around, he put on someone else's nondescript shoes, he left.
Later that evening, when his feet hurt, he realized his shoes had shrunk a size and a half.
We did call the climbing center to see if anyone realized later that their shoes had grown a size and a half. No such luck. They've got our phone number, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for the phone to ring.
It's an understandable mistake. Not like the time he lost one running shoe. He doesn't ask for much, and I think I could actually see myself doing something like this. So I am willing to just buy him another pair. Eventually.
And maybe give the next pair a little Sharpie Love? Other advice?