Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm Easy To Spell

My son brought some schoolwork home from school the other day. There was one paper, his writing practice, that said, simply, "I like my mom."

I was, predictably, very touched by this. I swept him up in my arms, and expressed my delight in his writing. "Oh, I like you, too!" I said enthusiastically. "And look at how carefully and neatly you wrote this!"

He smiled broadly, "Well, I didn't know how to spell 'ice cream,' so I just said I liked you. I could spell that!"

Rather than being properly deflated, I accepted my fate as being second-best to ice cream and easy to spell, and got even with him, the lazy-knitter's way. I cast on zero-effort stripey socks for my boy. It's Socktober, after all, and my Through the Loops Mystery Socks are too tight and the cable pattern requires too much attention during post-season baseball. I needed an easy sock, an instant gratification sock, and I can use the ugliest, cheapo stuff out of the sale bin (and only one skein needed for a pair for a small boy!), and crank out a pair of socks in a matter of days. No fancy yarn, no fancy pattern. Nothing. I don't even bother to match the stripes. So there, kid. Take that, Mr. Easy-to-Spell.

Simple socks, details on Ravelry.

So I get a simple declaration of love to cherish forever, along with a funny anecdote, an enjoyable knitting project, and an all-around great kid. He gets a new pair of socks, and the Mom who makes them. I think it's a fair deal.

13 comments:

Christie said...

That is too funny. And here's the thing...what isn't second best to ice cream?!?!

Happyplace. said...

I love those socks! Those are the exact reason I was compelled to learn to knit socks, those mismatched, wide striped crazy comfy socks. He will treasure those above any heavily patterned sock. I know I would. BTW, great picture of you two!

Ann said...

Yea Pepe! Yea socks! Yea Phillies!

aija said...

More than fair :) Excellent socks!

Lee Ann said...

I LOVE that story. Thanks for the laugh!

And, uh, what kind of ice cream? :-}

Bridget said...

Well, at least ice cream is something reasonable to be second to ... :-)

I like the socks, they look cozy.

tiennie said...

Oh hey. At least your on the list somewhere right? :) Cute story!

anne marie said...

go pepe!

(confidential to liz: he has grown AGAIN this summer!)

ice cream and mom - both sweet treats!

Elspeth said...

The most important part of this post is clearly the Phillies Lurve. The second is that I want to put your son in my pocket- he is adorable.

LaurieM said...

Oh yeah! That's showing him!!

Kristy said...

I love it when the children do creative writing :) Second best to ice cream is pretty good!

I'm glad your son got a pretty OK pair of socks :)

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Hey, if you have to be in competition with something Ice Cream is certainly a good opponent ;-)

Love the socks! Simple is best sometimes! It made me so happy to whip up a pair of "first day socks" for Jorn's first day of school (which I never blogged about) Love the stripes!

diana said...

Mwaaaaahhhhh!!!! I LOVED that story!!! Boys are the best.

Go Phillies!!