Reilly the Red continues to amaze me with the things she is able to do. Not just her many abilities, but the RANGE of her abilities is astonishing.
1). Drive the boat
2). Bait her own hook
3). Cast her own line
4). Catch her own fish
5). Drive a go-kart
6). Complete Algebra problems that BOTH of her parents struggle with (at SIX)
7). Make her bed
8). Put her clothes away
9). Paint her own toenails (with PRE-APPROVED colors)
10). Write and illustrate her own books
11). Present a convincing argument better than most prosecutorial attorneys
12). Surf the internet on PRE-APPROVED websites to do research on topics she is interested in
13). Play the chimes like a pro, even though she's a rookie
14). Bend her knees, thumbs, and elbows into contortions that God and nature didn't intend
15). Provide excellent assistance as a sous-chef
16). Minister to people who are sick or needy with prayer, cards, and hugs
17). Take pictures with a 'real' (meaning, MOM's) digital camera
18). Scrapbook like mad, including journaling
19). Beat the pants off her entire family with every Wii game we own
20). Swim like a fish and dive like a dolphin
There is one thing she can't do that perplexes us. I am certain that we have failed her as parents.
My cool, smart, chic, hip little girl cannot TIE HER OWN SHOES.
Even with all the lessons, and the practice, and the little "Learn How to Tie Your Shoes" book.
She still doesn't get it.
So here's where the parental failure comes in.
Yes, both Billy Two Swords and I are perfectly capable of tying our own shoes and those of the bambinos.
But we have circumvented our child's deficiency by buying her Vans. The shoes that do not require tying.
And since we live in Florida, she's either barefoot or in flip-flops when she's not in school.
Except for the days she whips out the smoking hot black leather boots, of course.
And really, how is this shoe-tying deficiency going to hold her back? Especially if she learns how to tie the knots necessary for boating?
I'm really hoping that when she goes to medical school, and they teach her how to tie sutures, that this will all click in her head, and at 23 she'll figure out how to tie her own shoes.
So does this make us BAD parents for giving up, or BRILLIANT parents for finding a way to make it work?