posted by Momo Fali on April 3, 2011

After a long, cross-country trip in an airplane seat so cramped that I couldn’t, simultaneously, have a drink on the tray table and complete a crossword puzzle, I arrived home late last night to some excited children. It was a welcome sight to my sore eyes.

My son was extra eager to see me. As he rifled through my backpack I asked, “Wait a minute. Are you happy because I’m home or because I brought you a new toy?”

He gave it some thought and replied, “Both…well, actually I’m happy about the toy because it’s new and you’re old.”

I laughed and jokingly said, “Oh, thanks a lot!”

And when he sensed that he might have offended me he said, “But, you’re not old like a grandma! You’re old like a shoe.”


  • Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)

    Are you paying him royalties for this comic gold?!

  • Texan Mama

    Wait, what kind of shoes do YOU wear?

  • musingwoman

    It could’ve been worse. You might have been compared to the old woman who lived in a shoe.

  • lceel

    ” … like a shoe.” Which means, of course, that you’re comfortable.

  • Roxanna

    “Old like a shoe” — Kids! (So nice to spend a bit of time with you this weekend!)

  • Mishi

    I totally get what he means. You’re old like a comfortable, well-loved pair of sneakers. The kind you NEVER want to grow out of!

    Love you, honey.

  • Tara R.

    He probably meant one of his shoes, not your shoes… much younger.

  • meleah rebeccah

    Old like a shoe? Ahahahahahhahaahahha!

  • Heather

    I love him. I seriously do. I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile!

  • caryn

    Bahahaha! Reminds me of the time in the airport when my son toddled over to an elderly man, pointed at his face and loudly asked “Mommy, is this what old looks like?” Geez.

  • AlisonH

    Too many years? Shoe me the many.

  • SurprisedMom

    Well, there you go. You’re not old, just comfy like an old, well worn, pair of shoes! Your son is hysterical.

  • Monica

    love it!

  • Life with Kaishon

    Hilarious : )

  • Life with Kaishon

    Don’t tell Grandma…

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