Friday, November 2, 2018
Tie One On!
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
When our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, spends this past weekend with us, I've promised to take her shopping for long-sleeve shirts (she is growing like a weed!) and a new pair of shoes. There is a Payless Shoe Source en route from her home to ours, so I swing into the parking lot on Friday afternoon, and we hit the store.
The helpful and friendly clerk measures Virginia's foot, as I'm sure that has grown at least a half size since our previous purchase. Sure enough! She's gone from a 12 and a half to a 13. The clerk's recommendation is to buy a shoe a half size larger, so that's the section we focus on.
But there is one problem.
Up until this point, Virginia has been able to get away with wearing shoes with Velcro straps. Not anymore! The only pairs available in the "big girl" category have shoelaces. And Virginia has never learned to tie a shoe!
"Well, Virginia," I say, "it looks like Gammie and Papa will be giving you some lessons in how to tie a bow this weekend, won't we?"
"I want to learn, Gammie," she says happily, as her hands reach for the turquoise sneakers pictured above. "All the the kids in my class wear tie shoes."
That doesn't surprise me. You see, although Virginia is in third grade, she is a very young eight, having a birthday on July 21st, and beginning school the first of August. So naturally, she is smaller than most of her peers, who would have had to submit to lace-up shoes months, and possibly a year, before.
When we arrive at our house, Virginia can't wait to show off her new footwear to Papa and MIL, and it isn't long before she makes the first struggling attempts to tie her shoes as we've demonstrated to her.
We encourage her to keep at it, acknowledging that it takes patience and practice to get the hang of this task that so many of us have done for so long, we take it for granted.
On Saturday, Danny aka Papa, and I decide she needs a further tutorial, hoping that this repetitive exercise will boost her confidence.
And after many failed attempts, at long last, her first bow! Virginia's perseverance pays off big time!
She is all smiles at her accomplishment, as well she should be. Virginia no longer has to feel like the odd-kid-out at school. She has finally attained a maturity appropriate for her age, and as far as she is concerned, she isn't lacking a single thing.
May we all continue to persevere faithfully until we attain the goals God has set before us.
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