Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nikes and 10-speeds and...

I suppose if I thought about it, I'd remember all those things that I thought were of utmost importance or ever so cool when I was a kid. Nikes were uber cool. I got my first pair when I was about 8. I remember my older sister being terribly upset as she had had to wait until the ripe old age of 12 to get her first pair. It just wasn't fair in her eyes and I (and our mother) was subjected to her complaints almost hourly. But oh it was worth it, because yes, they were cool.

Well my 8 year old daughter has a different view of things and I've discovered this past weekend just what it is that she thinks is super cool. While shopping for summer clothes, I realized just how important it is to her. She'd been asking for the past few months. Pleading almost. But it all fell on deaf ears, I'm ashamed to admit, simply because I had forgotten about my Nikes and the significance they held in my childhood. But now that she's got it, it's all become clear.

A belt.

Yes, it's a belt. And and I can't begin to tell how pleased she is. She's not taken it off since we bought it. I suspect she even slept with it, wrapped around her tiny waist carefully hidden beneath her pyjamas. Despite everything else we purchased for her yesterday, it is the chosen piece among many. It is the belt that made her run to greet Papa last night when he arrived from work just so that she could show him her treasure. Thin and turquoise in her little hands, it was delicately posed so that he too could admire her prize.

But Papa didn't get it. Just like Maman. Because we forgot about our Nikes, our 10 speed bikes, those items that meant so much in our little kid eyes. I'm glad she's helped me to remember and I'm glad I've finally gotten it. Because it makes me remember. It makes me smile. And it makes me ever so happy to have bought her a belt.

10 comments:

Jennifer Rose said...

lol thats actually cute :) I can't remember an item I just had to have...It was probably a My Little Pony or a Popple when I was really young. A belt is better than those stupid Heelie shoes. They are all right if a kid uses them outside but when used inside I have seen people get hit and knocked over by an out of control kid :/

Star of the East said...

What a beautiful post! I smiled a few times, as it is really true that some tiny things can be so important as a child. As a child you depent on your parents and you can't just go and shop what you want. I guess many parnets forget that fact :)

debsmuddle said...

I always said one very important thing you need to be a parent is a long memory

fleurfatale said...

That's true, raising up children, you have to look back on your own childhood,
I love this blogpost, Chichi, you speka wioth so much love about your daughter;-)

karlita said...

what a cute and very recognizable story to read (ha ha, and i guess i'm still a little girls sometimes - really wanting that one thing!! :)

cloudhopping said...

Lovely post chichi! I suspect my daughter will soon be at that stage too, you have reminded me not to deny her a belt/hairclip/spotty socks or whatever her desire will be!

Tizzalicious said...

Haha, that is so familiar, and so cute. My mom wouldn' t buy us niked until I was 14 or so!

BellWookie said...

oh. I love it and remember fondly the Cabbage Patch Doll I just had to have when I was about 13. thank you for brining back the memories of childhood. merci!

Tiddly Inks said...

So cute! :)
I thought of you for the ArteyPico Award, so stop by my blog when you have time and come and get it! :)
XOXOXO
Christy

moonmystic said...

I had to have Jordache jeans, but they had to be tight. My mom finally bought them for me, but they weren't tight. What was the point?