“MOM!” Raines said. “You didn’t pack me any jeans for when I was away at camp!!”
I pause with the fork halfway to my mouth. I set it down and turn to face him. “Jeans?” I ask, eyebrow raised. “Since when do you want….jeans?”
Raines, my oldest, has a pants problem. Meaning he never, ever wants to wear them. Or try them on. Both Mike (hubs) and little brother Pax know to hide each Fall when back-to-school shopping for Raines starts. Typically easygoing, the prospect of even trying on pants throws Raines into a whining, mooing mess. And jeans? They’re the worst of the worst.
Raines has the decency to look sheepish. “Well….” he starts. “We needed to be fancy for dinner one night, and I didn’t have any jeans to wear.”
This is confusing on many levels. First and foremost – I’m pretty sure Camp Twin Creeks doesn’t actually have a “fancy dinner” night. I ask for clarification. Raines starts to turn red.
“Um” he says. “My friends just….um…..wanted to look fancy because….” (his voice is practically a whisper). “Because thereweresomegirlstheywantedtobefancyfor.” This all comes out in a whoosh of giggling. “But not me, mom.” He attempts a straight face.
My baby. OMG.
“Honey, I’m so sorry!” I say. And I am. I certainly did not see this coming. “What did you end up wearing? For your fancy dinner night?”
He shrugs. “My sweatpants are pretty nice. It was fine.” (he’s right – they are pretty cute, actually)
But lo and behold, when it came time to start the back-to-school hunt-n-gather…..I brought home some jeans.
When the jeans came in the mail…there was the usual nonsense: Raines flopping around like a fish, mooing and whining, Pax striding around, striking poses in the mirror. “MOM I LOOK AWESOME” says Pax. Obviously, kid. #selfesteemCHECK
I fist-bump Pax, and ignore Raines’ theatrics. A few minutes later, the noise stops. Raines walks out of the room, checks himself in the mirror. Grins. “Sooooo….” he begins. “I actually think I like these, Mom. It just….it took a minute.”
Yeah. They’re Sevens, which after about a minute….stretch. No kidding he likes them. It’s almost as if someone….planned it that way. MWAH HA HA.
Also, we like our backpacks full of personality, please. And these are seriously fun ones.
*If your little isn’t typically a jeans kid, try the Hudson Parker knit jeans. They look exactly like jeans, but are a knit, and insanely soft. (We’re currently in Iceland, and my kids even wore them on the plane. You can see pics on my IG, @shanachristine.)
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