Monday, June 7, 2010
Tying Shoes~ An Unexpected Lesson
I took my 100 mile trip into town Saturday to set up at the farmers market. I had one and a half hours of grey skies and rain while driving to decide if I really wanted to set up or not. My helping husband was off on a fish wheel launching expedition in Chitina that will yield us fresh Alaskan soon. (hopefully)
As I neared town however it started to clear up a bit to my disappointment as I had been thinking about all the things I could accomplish if I wasn't going to be set up. Then I noticed a steady breeze and that made up my mind. Breezes are the enemy of an outdoor booth set-up.
After much running about doing errands and a bit of craft shopping and lunch with my son I found myself at Barnes & Noble bookstore with my feet propped up at the big circular fireplace reading Somerset publications and getting an inspiration fix. Yes, it was that kind of day outside! Never did get above 50 F all day with clouds and a drizzly breeze.
A couple of older men nearby were involved in a bit of old fart windbag politics discussion and as they were winding up their conversation one of them looked at my shoes (one of them was untied) and started in telling me that I must have never learned the right way to tie my shoes because one was untied. I blamed the goofy shoelaces that they are making these days that never fail to come untied numerous times a day for me. "Oh no", he argued. "You just never learned to tie them right. I've been doing a study on shoe tying these last three years and have concluded that about half of people learned to tie their shoes wrong and you're one of them. Your parents probably told you to double knot it to keep them from coming undone but that's unnecessary if you just tie them right to begin with!
I must teach at least 2 or 3 adults how to tie their shoes the right way every week. Do you want me to teach you?"
Well I was a little hesitant but then quickly said "Sure, why not?"
(At this point he wanted me to place my foot near his lap and I had a fleeting thought that he may be a foot fetishist and this was his ploy.)
"Show me how you tie your shoe." and I quickly employed my method that I'm sure I had learned from one of my parents.
"See!, you learned the wrong way, what you're doing is a granny knot and your bow will always end up pointing from toe to ankle and will come undone. If you do it the right way the bow will lay side to side neatly and will not come undone easily. What you're doing after making the loop is going over with the tie and you have to do it the opposite of how you learned, go under and then you'll have it."
It was a little awkward to tie it the new way by going under rather than over after over 50 years of shoe-tying but I've got it now and am testing the validity of his claims.
When I was still fresh with my new knowledge and amusing story I headed to the restroom and who do you think I run into? - The only person in my life that I have ever taught how to tie a shoe, my almost 27 year old son! There he was standing at a book rack with his double knotted shoe laces. I had a chance right then and there to right the wrong I had inflicted on him and teach him the right way to tie his shoe laces. I saved him another 27 years of shoelaces coming undone that I had endured.
( These pictures have been artfully enhanced so you can't see how funky these sneakers actually look)