Q&A About My New Running Shoes

My new running shoes

The “box man” – what my four-year-old son calls the UPS delivery person – dropped off a new pair of running shoes last week. All the kids gathered around in anxious anticipation while I opened it and tried them on. Then the questions came. I swear the White House press corps has nothing on my kids when it comes to asking tough questions.

Q: Are you going to go running right now?

A: No. I just had dinner. I can’t run on a full stomach.

Q: Can I try them on?

A: Sure.

Q: Will these shoes help you run fast?

A: Yes, they’ll help me run fast.

Q: Will you be able to run fast like Mom [Marathon Girl]?

A: Probably not.

Q: Why does Mom run faster than you?

A: Because she’s a gifted athlete.

~blank stares from kids~

A: Let me rephrase. Mom is very a very fast runner. Not everyone can run fast like mom.

Q: Why?

A: Some people are fast runners while other people are good at baseball players. Everyone’s good at different things.

Q: Can I run fast like mom?

A: One day you probably will.

Q: You’re bigger than mom, why can’t you run faster?

A: That’s a good question.

Q: Can I have your old shoes?

A: No. Dad’s going to throw them away.

Q: Why?

A: Because they’re old and smelly.

Q: Why?

A: Because dad runs in them all the time.

Q: Can I throw them away?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I go running with you when you wear them [the new shoes]?

A: Of course.

Q: Can we go outside and run right now? The sun’s still up.

A: Good idea! Let’s go outside and run.

Q: Don’t forget your new shoes.

A: I won’t.