Posted by Danny
I received a text from Jesse at 4 pm on Friday, December 23: What size shoes do the girls wear?
Seriously? Jesse was buying shoes for the girls’ Christmas presents? I wondered which thrift shop had a kids’ shoe sale going on 36 hours before his yuletide deadline.
When we arrived home from the late Christmas Eve service at a neighborhood church, I broached the subject. “Did you really buy shoes for the girls for Christmas?” I didn’t want him to think I was questioning his tween fashion sense – but based on other uncle/niece purchases, I feared he was way off base. He refused to answer my question – said it was a surprise.
For the past five years, Jesse has purchased each girl a used CD – and one with what he would consider a classic. I think he blames me for their lack of enthusiasm for the Beatles, Paul Simon and Billy Joel (DJ claims the box set he gave her had every song Billy Joel ever sang, starting at his church Christmas pageant as a child). Jesse thinks I should force them to listen to my music. Dear Lord, please let me live long enough to see him with three daughters – that is my one request.
This year the girls pooled their funds and purchased him the Justin Bieber Christmas CD. DJ said it was time Jesse became exposed to some of their classics. Touche!
So, on Sunday, after opening the Santa gifts and the things I had purchased for the kids, Jesse grabbed a Target bag and began handing out footwear. You’d have thought he had purchased gold, frankincense and myrrh – he was so excited. As each girl opened her shoebox, they looked perplexed. Not only was there a plain pair of black flats in each box, but there were also bottles of glitter and decoupage. DJ caught my eye – her look? What in the heck is happening here? Steph began thanking him profusely – she’d already been prepped to appreciate any gift she was given, regardless of its usefulness or her level of excitement for it.
As they sat there, his explanation began. “I talked to a friend of mine, one who has really good fashion sense, and apparently girls are wearing shoes with sparkles this year. My friend said that you could even make them yourself. I downloaded a blog with directions and have all of the supplies.” He then proceeded to explain the process of covering the shoes with glue, applying the glitter, repeating the process and finishing it off with a coat of decoupage.
I’ll have to admit, I was impressed. All this coming from a guy who hasn’t changed his bath towel since Labor Day.
Jesse is a man of many talents – some more masculine, like playing a mean game of basketball; some more on his softer side, like dancing. However, I don’t see arts and crafts as one of his strengths. You can’t even read the man’s handwriting.
I told the girls that if he hadn’t followed through with the shoes by the end of January, we’d give the bag of supplies to their babysitter. She can make pottery out of a carrot and a piece of construction paper.
Stay tuned. There is sure to be a follow-up blog post on this particular project!