Tying Up Loose Ends

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.

Prompt: “Knot”

23 thoughts on “Tying Up Loose Ends

  1. Wonderful story, McGuffy Ann! This post made me smile, and so did your choice of bright plaid sneakers… perfect! In so many ways you are like my daughter – determined and self-sufficient. She taught herself to tie her shoes, taught herself to swim, and taught herself to bake an apple pie one day while I was at work. She was insistant on teaching herself and doing it her way… and that's helped her survive the knots in life, just like it has you! XOXO


  2. Thanks, Josie. Knots happen, but to go on you must untie them. So you learn, re-tie them, and you don't stumble in that same way. Life is full of knots…and some pretty plaid sneakers with bows. Hugs.


  3. That was the first lesson in tying up loose ends and there have been many to follow. Life seems to be forever challenging us … good that you have the tenacity to tie up those loose ends and get out those knots. I enjoyed this post, McGuffy, which is usually the case when you write something …

    Andrea @ From The Sol


  4. First I love those sneakers. Those are indeed beautiful. I'd wear them now.

    Second, you are indeed determined. I'm sure you've been that way all your life too. Excellent.

    Have a terrific day. ☺


  5. As a child I spent loads of time with my grandparents too. They always bought my siblings and I our shoes for each new school year. Thank you for bringing back a buried memory. Great story.

    barbara @ allmylivesnow.com


  6. Great little story. My grandparents were absolutely the best part of my childhood. I also just got a new pair of sneakers. They are black with a huge Hello Kitty head on the outside, hot pink laces and black faux fur lining! Yippee, I can't wait to wear them. Janet


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