Audrey the Fire Cat
My mom thinks my daughter Audrey is the greatest thing ever. Actually, it’s nice to have someone regularly sing Audrey’s praises, because it keeps things in perspective for me, and helps me not to focus on the squealing/screaming/yelling all the livelong day. (Audrey, enjoying her standard ear-piercing decibel level, will often joyously proclaim at the top of her lungs, “I’M LOUD!!!“)
Audrey is similarly smitten with Grandma, because a) she is always available to read a book to her, and b) wears jewelry, which are probably Audrey’s two highest criteria for character evaluation.
So, of course, Audrey and Grandma sit next to each other at the dinner table when my mom and stepdad come over for their weekly visits.
Last week, my mom looked over at Audrey and started chuckling. “What was that book? The one with the cat who…” Immediately, I knew where my mom was going with this. “…has huge paws that he needs to grow into?”
“The Fire Cat,” we all answered her, since we own the book, and everyone is familiar with the story. “Pickles the Fire Cat.”
“Hahaha! Yes, that’s right. Audrey…” my mom went on about the parallels between the two, largely dwelling on foot size.
I seriously have the biggest, ugliest feet of anyone I know, and it was much to my consternation that, from literally hours after her birth, everyone was exclaiming over Audrey’s ginormous feet. Why couldn’t I have given my big feet gene — which I got, incidentally, from my mother — to my sons??? Nope, it’s my girly girl, who is absolutely enamored with shoes, who gets the too-big-for-cute-shoes-and-don’t-even-think-about-strappy-sandals foot-size gene.
She won’t even be three until April, and at last weigh-in, was 27 lbs. The last pair of shoes I got for her were toddler size 9, which are typically worn by four or five year olds. Compound it with her spindly little legs, it’s sadly comical.
My own dear husband has held shoes I’ve purchased for Audrey, asking skeptically, “You sure these will fit? They look way too big.” Then, she tries them on… yes, they fit.