Well, if you are my mother, who survived raising 9 kids ON HER OWN, you find a creative way to get those shoes.
Yes, that’s right! My mother and father had NINE kids.
Back in the day… it was normal where we grew up! Heck, we weren’t even the largest family. However we were the largest family with only one parent. My mom and dad D.I.V.O.R.C E.D when I was five years old.
I always wonder how she did it. She amazes me! Even to this day, my mother amazes me. She is 93 years old, lives on her own and dotes on 3 fat cats. I told her she needs to get 6 more, one cat for each kid she has!
But back to the question at hand. How do you take 9 kids shoe shopping?
This is how my mother did it and I think it is just brilliant. It is also one of my most favorite memories.
Mom would catch each one of us, when she could, whip out a piece of paper and hold our foot down on it. She would then find a nub of a pencil, a crayon or lipstick and trace around each kids foot:
I loved it for two reasons. Number one it meant I was getting a badly needed pair of brand new shoes!
Number two, it tickled!
After she got the outline of each
dirty little foot:
(I am sure she did a better job than I do, she had more feet to trace!)
She would then write our name on each foot!
Then off to the shoe store she would go with 9 feet! WITHOUT the kids in tow! Now isn’t that just brilliant?
When I take my daughter to the store, I inevitably end up buying more than one pair of shoes for her, there are socks and accessories, tops and scarves…you get the picture. I have never traced her foot…
Well, my mom had a great idea. Just don’t take the kids, can you imagine NINE KIDS shopping?
Got to hand it to my Mom! I think I am going to take her lead. Maybe I won’t trace my daughters feet, but I think I will leave her home and save more money!
Wasn’t that just brilliant?