forget the degradation of language, think about the SHOES
December 9, 2008
You know how people (the FRENCH) get whacked out over the decline or distortion or corruption of language, as if there used to be a time when everybody spoke the King’s English properly, and if we could just get back to that time, well, um, I guess then everybody would speak the King’s English properly again. So we’d have that going for us. Which is nice.
Like last week, I was listening to Talk of the Nation, and they were talking about the abomination that is “texting language” only the author of a new book was defending this new language and saying we should all relax.
So I relaxed.
But then yesterday, before church, Ian took my shoes.
He’s 13 and growing fast, and we can’t seem to keep up with his shoe size, so since I have a few pair of decent black “church worthy” shoes, I told him he could wear some of mine.
Here they are:
A pair of Banana Republic something or others, and a pair of Sketchers. And yes, I know they could use a good shining.
Well, which pair do you think he chose?
OF COURSE he chose the Banana shoes! Do you know why? NOT because they’re shiny, or because they’re cool, or because they fit better. NO. He chose them because they have no laces.
Because kids don’t tie shoes anymore. It’s all velcro or snaps or something, and even if they have laces, they don’t tie or untie them, they tie them ONCE loosely so they can put them on and take them off without messing with the laces.
We are going down a bad road here.
Except, here is the back of my favorite two pairs of shoes (that aren’t flip flops).
Notice the back? Yep. Tied once, never tied again.
Okay, maybe it’s not so bad. Let’s all relax.