This morning was a typical Fall Seattle morning, gray, rainy and very windy. As soon as I opened the garage door, my three kids ran to put on their shinny rain boots that did not get to be used enough last season. Although this year we had a great Spring and a glorious Summer, my kids were itchy to wear their boots and I must agree, they are fun to wear! Unfortunately, we were experiencing not only changes in the weather but also in some body's shoe size, Frankie's boot did not fit and this was the beginning of the end of my pleasant morning so far. Of course, there was no way Frankie will put on sneakers after trying on the boots, especially after Victor and Rebecca were sporting their boots, so after about 10 minutes of feeling like the worst mother in the world - how could I not foresee this drama??? - I secured a barefooted Frankie in his car seat and headed for the school rounds with the mission of hitting the store right after to take care of Frankie's boots. We went to our favorite department store to find the same type of boots Frankie outgrew and I was surprised to find out he needed boots two sizes bigger than the ones he currently had - WOW, no wonder he was screaming "ouch, ouch" so loud this morning! After much searching, I was able to find the new size on the same color, navy blue and red, perfect match for his coat - I felt like a great mom again! Sadly, I was not able to enjoy this feeling for too long because it was interrupted by Frankie's discovery of the "Barry Boots."
"Look, look!" he cried "I want Barry Boots, Barry Boots!" Of course, I was hopelessly lost and had no clue of what he was referring to....Who was this Barry? By process of elimination and with the aid of his very good pointing skills, I was able to figure out what Frankie was asking for. He was talking about this hideous black boots with yellow tips, the loudest boots on the rack and that, by the way, did not match with ANYTHING my son had hanging in his closet, let alone his very nice navy blue coat. Even though I was not even remotely thinking of buying those boots, I wanted to find out more about the connection Frankie made of the boots and this mysterious fellow named "Barry" - could he be a fireman? The boots did resemble firemen boots so I continued to ask Frankie who Barry was.
No, it turns out it was not a fireman; "Barry B Benson," is the main character of "The Bee Movie" and by the way, his closet is full of black and yellow sweaters. The story put a big laugh in my heart and I had to take the horrible boots and walk to the register to pay for them. Yes, I bought the ugly boots. I had just been witnessed to two wonderful miracles that took place in this local store, on a windy, grey and rainy Seattle Fall morning. First, I had just found out that my son was not color blind - and don't laugh because my father is! Second and most important, my son was using his long-term memory, coupled with his imagination and exercising his creativity to connect this cartoon character he loved with a pair of boots in a store.
As far as I am concerned, Barry B Benson does not wear rain boots in the movie - he wears sneakers; furthermore, Barry, as well as most bees, can't fly in the rain so there would be no point in marketing his character in children's rain boots, right? Regardless, my son will wear his "Barry Boots" with pride because they are one of a kind - he picked them, he named them and they are very special, just like him. As for me and my wounded sense of fashion, I will turn a blind eye at those loud yellow tips and think: Black and Yellow, fellow! Perhaps that will help.
PS: Victor wants Barry Boots too!