This Wine Is For Cramming My Son’s Feet Into Shoes Two Sizes Too Small

Who knew tiny feet grew so fast?

He never complained, just let me shove those feet into hand-me-down shoes, got right up and went about his day. Watching him tackle milestone after milestone, I didn’t stop to think about what he was wearing while doing so. And then it hit me one day, as I jammed his left foot in unceremoniously… These shoes might be too small.

So off we went to a children’s shoe store, to get him sized properly. As it turned out, I had been stuffing size 7 feet into size 5 shoes. After guilt-purchasing two pairs of the best brands in the store, I spent the afternoon pondering my misstep.

I have learned a lot so far as a mother, but this lesson hit me hard. Because my only job, really, is to help him put his best foot forward, and here I was doing exactly the opposite. My only real responsibility is to raise my child to have a curious mind, a good heart, and two feet planted firmly on solid ground.

Already he is growing faster than I can keep up. What else am I failing to notice?

And now for the toast — with each day that I fasten those Stride-Rites, may I recommit to nurturing that boy from head to toe. May I watch him run, and fall, and pick himself back up, heading out into the world full speed ahead.

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This Wine is For New Beginnings

Jeio Prosecco
Italy

Producer: Desiderio
Importer: Vias Imports Ltd.
Price: $10.99

For the bubbles, let’s all raise a glass
To Dan, as he heads back to class;
To the dream that he is pursuing –
We’re so proud of what you are doing.

Proud to call both of you best friends
And to be here for you as this chapter ends.
Your new adventure awaits on the east coast,
So tonight, this is what we celebrate most:

To the love that continues to grow every day;
To a couple committed to making their own way;
To the joy and success you will soon come to know;
To the home you create,
And make beautiful,
Wherever you go.

** First toasted with friends on July 9th, 2011

A Toast: To Paris

Specifically, the small square behind Notre Dame.
On a sun-splashed, endlessly soft afternoon,
I watched children tugging at dancing balloons,
Mothers tugging at chubby, grass-stained hands,
Strangers ambling,
Lovers loping,
Friends filling the space with laughter –
The entire world, as it were,
Passing by my park bench.

Enjoy With This Wine: Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages