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.
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:
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.
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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