made to order shoes
“You need more shoes like a hole in the head. So no, you cannot order them.”
This was in response to Maya’s request that I order the shoes she designed in her weekly computer class. (Yes, I have a variety of questions about this class too, but I’m just too tired to know where to start).
Shortly after my emphatic no, Maya inched her way over to Ali. And as soon as she thought I was no longer in earshot she pounced.
Maya: “I designed shoes in computer class today Dad.”
Maya: “Did you know that you can order them online at converse.com? The actual ones I designed?”
Maya: “So can you?”
Ali: “Can I what?”
Maya: “Can you order them?”
Ali: “Can I order what? Maya, what are you talking about?’
After his initial irritation at Maya cutting into his precious computer time, I could feel Ali waiver. Did I mention he finds it impossible to tell her no?
Ali: “Maya, you don’t need any more shoes.”
Maya: “Well Daddy, according to my calculations I only have 3 pairs of shoes I can wear to school…”
At this point I stopped listening because my mind was occupied with the following thoughts:
- I almost want to give Maya the shoes just for utilizing the phrase “according to my calculations.”
- Using “Daddy” instead of “Dad” was a nice touch. Good job Maya!
- My kid is going to be a litigator.
- If Maya spent half as much time on math as she does honing her persuasion skills she’d have mastered subtraction by now.
- How does Ali have so much patience?
And then, when I couldn’t listen to one more second I yelled from my hiding place: “Mama said no. And no is no. End of conversation.”
And that Ali? That’s how you say no.