Today’s weather is HEAVENLY! After getting as excited as a child on Christmas morning, I slid open the windows, and breathed in…ahhhhh pouring rain and CRISP air! I woke Y up. “Y, I think summer might be over!” Every year it’s the same. And then every year someone points out to me that I’m wrong and that actually it’s just a typhoon passing through..then it gets crazily hot again for at least another unbearable week. Arghhhh, enough!!!
This morning, after dropping H off, L and I drove to a shoe shop that I’ve always been curious about. They have a lot of european stuff, and I wanted to see if they had anything narrow for L (and H too, because they are both cursed with my narrow feet). Ah, and have something they certainly did. Some lovely little shoes from Daumler (I think that was the name) and Richter. L walked in them, decided he didn’t like the first pair. His current pair have Thomas on them…damn this character obsession here. So it was a real trial to get him to try anymore on. Then I looked at the price tag…OUCH!
17,000 yen for a pair of toddlers shoes…
I thought a price that big deserved a line of it’s own. Now I understand that good things cost money, but that would keep L in shoes for a year and a half at the very least with the shoes we buy locally. So I thanked the woman, said I would have to think about such a big purchase, and legged it back to the car, where I immediately jotted down the brand names and the sizes. Having looked on the net tonight, I find not only can I get shoes cheaper in the U.K., but the quality is just miles above. Shoes here are pretty much just trainers. And wide. Grrrr. I know how it feels to wear shoes that are too wide. And it affects loads of stuff. Just seeing L running in those shoes today made me happy. So the alternative is online. Because there are some alternatives that don’t cost the earth, but offer narrow fittings and lovely quality/design. I suppose I will just have to order and then return if they aren’t right. Shoes are an important thing in terms of development.
So here I sit, typing, while L, who has been sent downstairs so that H can “get some sleep” after he was just crying and crying. I know I should persevere with him upstairs, but it’s just such a hard time for H.
Let’s hope tomorrow brings more cooler weather and a calmer sleepier L 😦