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. 🙂