March 26, 2014

Momma Needs A New Pair

So they needed new shoes, and we had picked them out. A pair for each of them, a pair we could each agree on, and particularly a pair that is versatile for the various reasons and occasions I need them to wear shoes.

But then he found one more pair he wanted. Needed. Needed.

"Please, Mommy? Can't I have those too?"

"No, buddy. We're getting one pair for you and one for your brother."

"But I want those too." Cry, cry, cry. Weeping and groaning. Wailing and gnashing of teeth. "I want those tooooooo!"

"I understand that, and I do wish I could get them for you, but I don't have enough money to buy all the shoes we want. See those over there? I love those shoes, actually, but I'm not buying them because you're the ones who need shoes today. So, do you see? I'm not getting what I want either, but at least you get a pair of shoes even if it's not two pairs."

I walked closer to look longingly at the black flats with the patent leather stripe across the toe. Oh, how I love you, I whispered to them in my mind. And then I saw their price tag.  And that was my mistake.

What?! Marked down 60%?

And suddenly I was putting them on. Just to try them.
And then I was not taking them off, because they were perfect.
And on sale.

And the thing is, I had this very viable and perfect moral lesson about budgeting and sacrifice… until I found this most darling pair that I indeed wanted for myself.

I bought the shoes. He'll get over it.

 

4 comments on “Momma Needs A New Pair”

  1. Laughed when I read this as I have thought and done the exact same thing. Not here will be other teachable moments! Hee hee!

    1. That was supposed the be "There will be other teachable moments." Dang autocorrect!

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