Bubblegum and Shoelaces


My seven year old son has finally mastered the ability to tie his own shoes. We have been buying the Velcro shoes for him but a couple weeks ago we opted for lace shoes. I figure it’s probably a good idea to teach him to do this before he leaves for college.

When we first got his new shoes, he attempted over and over to tie them himself. At one point, he got so frustrated that he stomped off to his room. He hates it when he can’t do things “perfectly” the first time. Hmmm….I wonder where he gets that from? 😉

To encourage him, my husband and I both shared stories with him of the memories we had of learning to tie our own shoes. For some reason, that memory has stuck with us both. Perhaps because of all the practice that came with the task.

I remember sitting on the floor at the foot of my parents’ bed with one of my dad’s big shoes between my legs. I practiced and practiced and practiced. As I was writing this, another childhood memory popped into my brain. The memory of learning how to blow a bubble with my bubblegum. I remember sitting in front of a sliding closet door (one with a full length mirror on the front) and watching myself attempt to blow a bubble. I practiced and practiced and practiced.

So here’s the lesson today. Anything worth learning, takes a tremendous amount of focus and practice. We get frustrated when success doesn’t come overnight. But, the journey of learning new things is very memorable. That journey sticks with us and those memories remind us that the reward of accomplishment often does exist at the end of all our hard work and perseverance.

Today, I am happy to report that I can tie my own shoes AND blow a bubble…all at the SAME time. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Bubblegum and Shoelaces

  1. Lisa

    You're awesome, Eileen! 🙂 You're right, anything worth doing takes focus and practice. I love your memories.

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  2. Kelli

    I am very familiar with the little over-achiever syndrome. Samantha came home crying because she missed one word on her spelling test! This is a great point "lessons stick with us and become good reminders that hard work and perseverance do pay off." Have a great day sweet friend!

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  3. Jenifer

    Like you said, anything worth doing takes focus and perserverance.

    You always make me smile 🙂

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  4. Kandi

    Great point Eileen, My relationship with God is worth the focus and practice. Perseverance pays off, He is teaching me something new all the time and the investment of focusing on Him is so worth it.

    Blessings to you my friend.

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  5. Heidi

    Great encouragement! We can't be in the habit of giving up… victory is the sweetest when we have to work at it and especially when it takes strength from the Lord to overcome!

    PS… my 9 year old is still struggling with tying her shoes and I haven't even started talking about it with my 7 year old!

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  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a wonderfully encouraging post Eileen! Like you, I've found that the best things in life come from perseverance, the right mental attitude and guidance from God!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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