Everything Old Is New Again

18. May 2012 10:04

It was bound to happen.

I've witnessed the return of bright-neon everything, colored jeans, and even the espadrille, all things I haven't seen much of since the '80s.  Of course, Sixteen, being sixteen, thinks that all of these are the epitome of what's new and cool.  That was no surprise.

What did surprise me, though, was her reaction to the announcement that her school had added boat shoes to the (very short) list of acceptable uniform footwear.  She thinks boat shoes are adorable.  Who knew?

I wore boat shoes in high school and college, during the height of the preppy years.  They were great shoes, and I'd like to buy another pair to wear now.  But something's stopping me.

If I buy them, and like them, and wear them all over the place, my daughter is sure to decide that these shoes are no longer cool.  Boat shoes are the one part of the school uniform that she wouldn't fight about, and I don't want to jeopardize that.

So I've made a plan.  First, she'll get her boat shoes.  She'll admire them from all angles and insist that I get a pair too.  Maybe she'll even choose the color, since I don't have a school dress code dictating my choice in footwear.

We'll bond over my favorite shoes.  Shh!  Don't tell my daughter that I already like these.  She'll think I'm infinitely cooler if I buy a pair of shoes that she chooses for me, and who am I to get in the way of that?

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