Otto has never been that excited about shoes. I have to work to get him into new tennis shoes, and dress shoes? forget it.
His little sister, though, is a big fan of cute shoes (I have no idea where she gets it). We were in a department store last weekend looking for shoes for Jon, and she and I wandered over to see what the kids department had to offer. There on the display rack Bel saw a pair of the sparkly-est, pinky-est, little-girly-est shoes you ever done seen, and while I was holding her on my hip she managed to lean over and rip off her brown suede mary jane with one hand while grabbing for the sparkly tennis shoe with the other. I had to move fast to save that shoe from being permanently appropriated by my daughter. If she was old enough for a Santa list, those shoes would be on it.
Any given morning, I pick from about 3 pair of little shoes for Bel. Otto, on the other hand, spends several minutes looking for the single pair of Transformers tennis shoes he'll deign to wear.
Lately he's started calling for them. "Shoooes," he'll call, oh so nicely. "Oh shooooes," he yodels while wandering across the living room.
"Did you check by the couch?" I'll shout from upstairs while I'm trying to get Bel to sit still long enough to tie shoelaces. Invariably, the answer to that is no. "Shoooooes," he'll call as he drifts into the kitchen.
He never seems surprised that calling for them doesn't work. Instead he's happily surprised when I come downstairs and say "there Otto, right by the couch/door/table, do you see them?"
That's one reason I know he's going to love this video by Sandra Boynton. The other is that both my kids adore Boynton books -- who doesn't? She's clever and funny and her books always make us smile. The first book Otto "read" was Blue Hat, Green Hat. Annabel has inherited all his Boynton board books and loves them just as much. This video will make them both giggle.
I must admit, when I think of Christmas day, I dream of spending the day in our jammies, NO SHOES REQUIRED.