“Why don’t I ever wear matching socks?”
At the beginning of the year, I strategically buy socks. I buy socks for Olivia and socks for Violet in different tones, so they can be easily worn together, and semi match, if they’re not a perfect match. This year, Violet’s were tones of dark purple and magenta and Olivia’s were tones of gold and cream, with black accents. I buy multiple pairs of the same socks, making it easier to find matching socks, most of the time, more often.
This morning, in a bit of a mood as she ate the cheesy scrambled eggs I made her for breakfast, she questioned me about the socks that she was grabbing from her sock drawer in the laundry room.
Pro tip: I have a plastic drawer container in the laundry room to save time. In it, there are three drawers: socks, underwear, and swimsuits. It saves a ton of time putting clothes away, as they’re sorted fresh out of the dryer, and helps to reduce the socks that are lost under beds and in closets. Most of the time, I don’t match the socks. The socks are close enough to each other that they can grab a couple and usually they’re going to be ‘matchy’ enough.
I explained to her that “there are more important things in life than matching socks” and the socks were ‘close enough’. I also explained, that we get to choose the things in life that are important to us, and for me, matching socks for half the year – because let’s face it, that’s how long I can convince my kids to wear them, isn’t high up on my list.
I took this opportunity to explain that if matching socks were important to her, she could spend the time and go through the drawer and match the socks. While she was at it, she could also match Violet’s socks, so Violet could have matching socks without spending a few minutes sorting through the bin, too.
She thought about it for a minute, shrugged, and agreed with me. I’m going to call that one a successful early morning life lesson.
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