I often spent time with my grandparents when I was small. When I was three years old, my grandparents took me along on their weekly shopping trip to “Sears & Roebuck”. While there, I was allowed to choose new sneakers. I chose a pair of plaid sneakers. They were the most beautiful shoes I had ever seen; I had plans to learn to tie them. I was a very determined, independent kid.
When we got home, my grandmother laced up my new sneakers. I took my Lambchop doll and went into the sun room. Settling into a chair, I set out to learn to tie my new shoes. It was just afternoon, so the room was bright and sunny.
I tried the bunny ear method, and the round-the-loop method. I worked and worked, tying and untying many knots. I was determined; I did not give up. By dark, I could tie my shoes all by myself! I was very proud as Lambchop and I went into the kitchen for supper, showing off my beautifully tied plaid sneakers!
For the next seven years I tied the shoes of my older brother, younger sister, and all of my friends. I was ten years old when I finally insisted my older brother learn to tie his own shoes. I taught him and my younger sister at the same time.
There comes a time that you need to take care of your own business, whether it is tying up your own loose ends or taking out the knots.
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