When I picked Ryan up from school today, he came running over, shoes untied, with a fuzzy growth trailing behind him.
See it? The fraying shoelace?
I was highly irritated. Ryan knows how to tie his shoes. He's quite skilled at it. I've tried and tried to get him to care if his shoes are untied, but he happily lives his life with shoestrings flying in the breeze.
We "double-knot" them in the mornings, but these particular strings just will NOT stay tied. Any knot we tie slips free within the hour. Oh goodness. My blood pressure is rising just thinking about it.
I had noticed that in addition to always coming untied, the tips of the strings were starting to fray. So just this morning I had thrilled and delighted the kids by catching the tips on fire, trying to ward off fraying. That's high drama at breakfast time.
So this afternoon, we left the school parking lot and drove immediately to Payless and bought new tennis shoes. With velcro. I'm done with the shoe strings. We've made it through the right of passage of learning to tie them; but now that skill is mastered and we're running back to velcro with arms wide open.
(By the way - Payless is having their "buy one get one half off" sale, plus lots of shoes already discounted. I found this pair of tennis shoes on sale for $10 bucks...and the pair of brown dress shoes on sale for $5 bucks...so with the BOGO sale my total for both was only $13.52. Pretty great deal I think. Better check it out moms! The brown pair does have shoestrings...I'm hoping they don't posess the same come-untied-from-any-knot-magic the last pair had. Surely they can stay tied for two hours at church? Right? Right?)
Your blog made me laugh out loud. I feel your pain!! With two boys, velcro is a requirement for their tennis shoes. Great deal on very cute shoes, by the way. I'm jealous :)
If your knots keep coming untied, perhaps you're tying a "Granny Knot"? Check out Ian's Shoelace Site to see the correct way of tying:
You could also try a secure shoelace knot: