- Mary Lee gave Andrew a pair of "Tom's" shoes for Christmas - lightweight slip-on shoes that are apparently the rage right now. And if you are really fashionable you don't wear socks with them.
- Andrew has had two plantar's warts on the bottom of his feet, which is why he visited a podiatrist today and I went along with him.
Well, this lady podiatrist examines Andrew and gives him instructions about how to treat his feet. (It's especially important since he's going on the drama team starting in one week.) She looks at his shoes, then at Andrew, and in a voice worthy of a schoolteacher, announces, "Those shoes have NO support." Andrew sort of stammers out an answer about the shoes being a Christmas present, and they're casual shoes, and. . .
And then she continues, "And you're not wearing socks!" The look on her face combined the best features of a schoolteacher and a mother. Plus, she was looking down her nose while wearing reading glasses. The look on Andrew's face was the guiltiest I have ever seen on him.
He tried to explain that those shoes aren't worn with socks, but somehow the explanation got lost in the guilt. As she looked tartly at him, and he tried to explain, his explanation was lost as she briskly commanded, "Get some Lysol and spray those shoes," and all he could do was weakly say "Yes ma'am." It was a Kodak moment for a mother to watch.