You’re never too old to learn something. In the midst of more sober reflections (meaning of life, planetary destruction, state of American politics…), it’s good to focus on the simpler tasks in life. Like tying your shoes. Learning how to tie shoelaces in the face of Velcro and ingenious dummy-proof fasteners is one of life’s initial great achievements – the path to independent, dignified, adult living. So I share with you a recent event with my daughter to mark this momentous occasion. With a little help it can be your experience as well.
Now let me show you.
Take the right lace,
Lay it over and under the other one.
You pull them tight.
That’s half the knot.
Then take the right end
– no, your right, not mine –
Make a bow.
Now here’s the tricky part.
The left one goes OVER the bow and under it, down behind.
Pull it part way through the loop
–that’s right –
and pull it tight.
Now the finished bow lies down like beagle ears across your shoe
and it won’t come loose.
You don’t have to double-tie them any more,