As many of you may know, Camden has a bit of a tactile issue. He doesn't like tags in his clothes. To be honest, he doesn't like to wear clothes at all. He also doesn't like to feel sticky. But his most severe tactile issues seem to be with his feet. If you've been around Camden, you've probably heard him start crying, "tighten!" He constantly wants us to tighten his shoes. Then, a few minutes later you'll here, "My foot itches!" What he really means is, "My foot is asleep." And we can all see how that might happen, given the fact that his shoes are cutting off all circulation to those cute little toes. Camden doesn't see the connection. As was evidenced yesterday on our shoe-shopping expedition.
See, both boys were in desperate need of new sneakers. So we took a little family outing to the shoe store, where Jake happily chose his first pair of laced sneakers. Now if he can learn to tie them, I might be as happy as he is. Camden, on the other hand, was not so happy. None of the shoes were tight enough. Know why? Because they actually fit. He begged us to get him a smaller size so they would be tighter. Okay, maybe I'm a really mean mom, but I just couldn't do it. I kept having images of those Chinese ladies with their bound feet. Sorry kid, but I'm not going to carry you around for the rest of your life because your shoes were too tight as a child. Instead, I carried him out of the store because he couldn't walk in the shoes we bought. The shoes that, I promise, fit perfectly.
Now I'm off to find pictures of those Chinese ladies' bound feet. Yep, I'm resorting to scare-tactics.