Monday, May 13, 2013

The Kid's Got 'tude

For those of you who may not be familiar with the significance of Doc Martens (DMs), pretty much any punk rocker worth his/her salt owns a pair of their boots.  There's far more actual historical relevance, but that's about where my interest began and ended.  Personally, I never owned a pair, although I drooled over them plenty.  I was kind of between sizes, and smaller was just a smidgen too small, and bigger made my already-monstrously-huge feet look like the steamships I assumed them to be.  So I found other cool footwear alternatives.

When I was in college, I always said that I'd make sure my future child would wear DMs.  After college I found myself working in the DC poseur's paradise of pre-fab punk rock gear, Commander Salamander (RIP).  A young, newly-married rocker couple came in one day, eyeing up the selection of DMs, in particular this itty, bitty, teeny, tiny pair for babies.  There was no bun in the oven yet at that point, but they were ready to make the investment for any future progeny, and purchased them before leaving the shop.  I have thought about them many times over the years, wondering if the marriage survived, and if the stomp stomp pitter patter of little feet ever put those boots to use. 

Thinking back to Samantha's baby days, I believe she was so rarely even in shoes in her first two years (one of the "joys" of having a child that didn't walk until 21 months), that if we had been the couple to purchase the baby Docs, they would have been wasted almost immediately.

Yesterday I got myself the ultimate Mother's Day present at the Doc Martens store in Center City Philadelphia - a pair of hot pink DMs...for Samantha

Yes, I continue to live vicariously through my child.

And I am determined that she will continue to be the little fashion maven that she is, and build some attitude that will be sure to carry her far in the world of self-identity and peer acceptance.  Certainly the development of identity and acceptance will long survive the size of the boots on her growing feet, but we'll enjoy them for now and hope they'll carry her through next Spring.     




Samantha's excitement over the new footwear is heartening.  She's been going up to everyone, lifting one of her feet to eye-level, and demanding that they look at her new boots.  This morning, her usual resistence to breaking away from the TV/piano/books that threaten to make us late for school every day, was broken by the lure and promise of being able to wear them to school.  And they must be comfortable - she ran most of the way there!

Perhaps Mommy needs a pair of her own soon...

11 comments:

Cate said...

love. I'm going to have to get some, I think. FWIW, I had a couple of pairs and some fit better than others, depending on style. I had one pair of black lace up shoes that I wore pretty much every day for, oh, the first half of the 1990s.

Kerri Ames said...

definitely need to get some for yourself. I found my self nodding over your remarks about Sammi's shoes. I have a friend who spoke about how when she found out her child would have DS all she thought about was what kind of shoes would she wear?

Here is the video if you are interested (She is Boo's yoga instructor)
http://www.ndss.org/My-Great-Story/Videos/Different-Sneakers/

Becky said...

You know way more about fashion than I will ever know! They are quite pink and fun!

Lisa said...

Call me a copy cat - I'm heading to the website now, Cate absolutely needs these boots!

Becca said...

Kerri - thank you SO much for sharing that link!! What a beautiful story, so beautifully said by your friend. Reminds me of my fears about what kind of hair-do Samantha would have to have. I was convinced she would have that bowl-cut that you see in old photos of people with Ds so often. I did a blog post about that once, but that was why I was so driven to grow Samantha's hair long. From the moment she was born.

my family said...

ok I love those shoes

Your comment on my blog about being one of my kids made me laugh. I kids are fast to remind me of the wrinkles:)
rock those boots samantha!

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

Well well! I to sport the DM's but have never had anything as cute as those boots! They are made for walkin! With a lot of tude! I lot how shiney they are! I cannot wait to see them with sassy jeans! Smiles

Stephanie said...

Oh, yeah, DMs are awesome and Sammi's are the bomb! I have a pair of dark brown ones that I rocked nearly everyday in college. I still have them and wear them often. They are my favorite pair of shoes (boots) and they are the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. I so love how fashionable Sammi is, keep it up!

Jenny said...

I had a pair in high school, LOVED them!!! They last forever too! Sammi's rock, what a great color :)

Rochelle said...

Those are super cute. Love the hot pink.

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