Last week the kiddo got new shoes.
His well-worn yellow Crocs (which, despite their style fail, are pretty darn awesome as far as warm weather kid shoes go) were getting a bit too snug. EZ was a little iffy on trading in his beloved Crocs for a bigger size, and even tried to convince me they still fit perfectly, despite his pinched toes and red-marked heels.
That is…until we entered the Croc store: An entire store devoted solely to Crocs. The kiddo wasn’t even sure where to start. He eventually made his way back to the kids’ section, where I asked him to pick out a new pair.
It wasn’t easy. They had every single color imaginable, and there was a lot of hemming and hawing going on. Finally, he zeroed in on a pair of bright neon pink ones.
“These!” he declared triumphantly as he tossed them at me.
I just smiled and held on to them as he ran over to the little pins they sell as Croc decoration. That’s where the real fun started. There’s every single imaginable pin available, especially if it’s a Disney or comic book character. We had to set a limit of 5, or else we’d be taking at least one of each home with us. It took a lot of serious thought before he finally whittled it down to his top five: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Captain America, & the emblem for the fire department.
While pink is definitely not in my spectrum of favorite colors (ironic, no?), I do happen to love these shoes. I love that despite what other folks might think about them, EZ just picked out shoes he genuinely likes. He continues, completely unaware of the gender debates storming up around him, to make choices based on his own preferences rather than societal expectations or peer pressure. (A novel idea, eh? sigh.) I’m not sure how long this will last (especially in light of his recent concerns of what others think), but I’ll savor every moment while I can, and do my best to foster it.
So…he happens to like pink, big deal. He also loves superheroes and dreams of being a firefighter when he grows up. For him, the Crocs above? They’re simply shoes.