I have been postponing it for two months, but now that another sunny summery week is here, I couldn’t postpone it any longer. Daughter needed new sandals. So far she used the new pair of (cheap) slippers I bought her, but for running and playing outside sandals are much better suited.

We’ve bought all Daughter’ shoes in a shop specialized in kids’ shoes. This shop never closed its doors, but I felt reluctant to head into town to go shopping. Now that everyone is more or less used to the situation and things like social distancing and cleaning hands before entering a shop have become routine, the time had come to take Daughter to the shoe shop.

We were warmly welcomed while Daughter and I cleaned our hands with the wet wipes (much kinder on kids’s skin) put on a table near the entrance. We were the only clients when entering. The saleslady took the approach to make Daughter the client, rather than me. It was lovely to watch how Daughter started to interact with the lady and explained what she wanted. Beforehand I assumed I would be the one to change shoes for fitting, but the shop had two big screens on wheels. Daughter could stick her feet underneath from one side while the lady measured her feet from the other. This way interaction was still possible.

Daughter really liked the sandals the lady suggested to her. Pink and unicorns. What’s not to like. She walked out the door on them and has been running around on them ever since. And I was a happy mother for the pleasant shopping experience.