Ezra's always been particular about his shoes, at least compared to his brothers. For years his sneakers had to be red. Then they needed to be Under Armour and red. Then he went through a phase of preferring the "fancy" shoes we bought him for a school concert. (They were essentially just gray slip-on sneakers we found at Target on the way to school because shit! There's a dress code! Their closets are not stocked for dress codes!) Last summer he picked out a pair of Vans and has literally worn nothing else since. I knew they were getting small for him but he wouldn't even consider replacing them.
Then, during his second or third re-watch of The Babysitters' Club on Netflix, Ezra fell madly in love with a pair of shoes. He wanted those shoes. He NEEDED those shoes. He rewound the episode to pause on a scene so I could get a look at the shoes.
The shoes in question turned out to be a limited edition Converse Pride/Miley Cyrus Chuck Taylor high top from several years ago. He was a little disappointed, but asked if he could get a similar pair from this year's collection. I told him I'd think about it, since it's not like "back-to-school shoe shopping" is even a thing right now.
(I was joking, obviously.)
Every time he looks down at his shoes, he smiles. And I see him looking down at his shoes a lot.
Meanwhile, Ike started a small non-profit in our dining room. He is hoping to End War.
(Well, technically he keeps spelling it "Ean War" but I hope he can still count on your support.)
In addition to the petition, he has several folders for his best ideas on how to end war and would like you to submit your best ideas too. He has more paper if you need it but you need to donate a dollar. The dollars will be used to mail the folders to countries that are currently at war and need the ideas on how to end it.
Here's to the future.
(And to this tomato that looks like a butt.)