It was a sunny day in the second grade, recess was over and I was crying!
I was just standing there, immobilized, sobbing.
A classmate walked up to me and asked what was wrong.
“My shoe laces came untied!” I sputtered.
“So, tie them back”, he replied.
“I don’t know how!” I wailed.
“You mean your mother & father never taught you how to tie your shoes?”
“Here, let me show you how.”
I watched and said: “That’s it?” and promptly untied them and tied them again.
Smiling, my new best friend and I walked back to class.
When I got home I “read my Aunt the riot act” as to why she had sent me to school with laced-up shoes without telling me how to tie them.
“I’ll show you how to tie them”, she said.
“Never mind,” I smirked, “I already know how.”
P.S. It is embarrassing moments in our childhood that empower us to teach our children life-skills earlier than when we learned them.