You Know Your Kids are Getting Old When…

the shoes in question

Man…life sure is funny.  Believe it or not, it’s true what they say bout the squeaky wheel always getting the grease your kids actually do grow up.


Case in point…my son,  Jethro.   The kid’s gonna be 13 in a few weeks.  He’s not my first kid to turn 13. And not my last, either (I’m looking at you Jakob).  That’s not what I’m getting all sentimental bout, here.  Not that your friendly neighborhood jman’s getting sentimental.  At all.  I’d say I was more…relieved.

the shoes in question
the shoes in question

Anyways, Jethro’s all into sneakers like the kids are these days.  For the weeks leading up to Christmas, he went on and on about getting a pair of Nike Hyper Quickness sneaks.  Even though the kid was kinda getting on my nerves about them, Santa I still bought him the pair he wanted.  When I got the sneaks, I didn’t know his exact size, but when we went shopping for clothes at the beginning of the school year, he was around a size 8.5.

Everyone knows that sneakers tend to run small, especially high tops. Being the forward thinking parent I am, I got him a pair of 9.5.  Yea…I’m that smart.  Don’t worry.  I got this:

you know your kids are getting old when pat on a back

Long story short (spoiler alert), the sneakers didn’t fit.  They we’re too small?!?!?

So, after Christmas, I took Jethro to the mall to get his size. You can see where this is going, right?  The helpful salesperson brought out a pair of 10s.

They didn’t fit.

Bet you can’t guess what came next.

Yes!  You’re right!  10.5.  Fortunately, those did fit.

I sat next to the boy, stunned.  This creature next to me, who used to sit upside down on the couch wearing a spider-man costume, is now wearing a 10.5 shoe!?!?  What’s makes this harder to swallow is that I wear a 10.5!?!?  This 13 year old freak is wearing the same size sneaker as me, now???  WTF!?!?

I looked over at him, he was smiling ear to ear.  “I don’t see what so funny, Jett.”

“I’m the same size as you now, Dad.”  Jethro replied, putting on his old kicks.

“Yea.  Great!”  I rolled my eyes.  “I guess the good part for you in all this is that if you stop growing now…right now… I’ll start buying you decent sneakers.”

He smiled even wider, if that was at all possible, probably at the thought of wearing thousand dollar sneakers

“So, I can wear them.”  I smiled back.

“Whatever, Dad.”


I bet you didn’t know that 9 out of 10 people are allergic to sesame seeds.  Ok.  I made that up.  Just to make myself feel better than I am allergic to sesame seeds…

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  1. Great story, Jman!

    I am not a big man – 5’4″, 135 lbs. My wife is 5’3″.

    I am not the Natural Father to my 11 year old daughter, but I am the only Daddy she’s ever had and she’s MY little girl. Her birth father is about 5’8″ or so. I was standing next to her yesterday and she already taller than me!!!!!

    At. Eleven. Years. Old.

    She’s becoming quite the Young Lady way too soon.

    1. it’s crazy, isn’t it? my oldest was the same way. just shot up. she’s not as tall as me, but, definitely tall enough that when she was 11, you didn’t have to bend down anymore to look her in the eyes.


  2. My son, 9, of Chinese descent…almost taller than his Caucasian mom & we can wear the same size shoes. We just had to get new tennis shoes last weekend…
    sad, I say, sad!

    1. lol! see! it’s crazy. a number is a number. but, to me, you (as a parent) really feel your kids getting older with something more tangible like that.

      thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Another great read, jman. Funny, I’ve been wearing 10.5 for a little over 30 years now. Jett’s wearing 10.5 at 13? Wow. He may not stop there. Just wondering. Did your choice of name, Jethro, have anything to do with Jethro Tull?

    1. it’s wrong, isn’t it?!?! there should be some sort of law that you can’t wear 10.5 until you’re like 16. i mean they have laws for everything else, right?!?

      his name is really Jett. but, for the sake of some anonymity (which I’ve really been lax on anymore) i started calling him Jethro.

  4. It kills me how much these weeds grow! My 13 year old is almost as tall but 2 sizes bigger than me in shoes. My 10 year old daughter fits my jeans and my shoes! Within the year I will be the shortest in the family @5’5″ but I’m ok with that. When they shit me I’ll kick ’em in the kneecaps!

    1. yea…the knee caps. that’s effective. plus a pillow case full of oranges. doesn’t leave a mark!

      or so i’ve heard.