November 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 124 views

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thumbNow that the barefooted days of summer are long past, Nora’s got to keep her feet warm. If she wears just socks, in the rare times when they stay on for more than ten minutes, they get sucked on, drenched in saliva, the saliva evaporates, and her feet are freezing cold. Thus, shoes are a requirement both because they keep the saliva evaporation away from her feet and because they are a good way to keep socks on. But this child lives in a fishing village, and her concoction of patience and entropy is enough to undo any knot I know how to tie. As a result, she’s discovered something way more fun to suck on than feet or socks: shoelaces!

Quite often, when she’s lying down or sitting in her stroller, one or both legs will shoot into the air seemingly randomly. It really does give the impression that a puppet master has tugged on a string and up shoots the appendage.

In this video, she combines these two behaviors and enjoys how the tugging brings the shoelace to life. The noisy toy under her foot might add to the excitement, too.

  • This is very cute, but I’ve got to say that babies with strings make me very nervous. Around the neck? down the throat? Surely they make baby shoes with velcro.

  • Nora is beautiful as ever, but I was a little confused about what the marionette was trying to convey. I guess I’m accustomed to pre-postmodern puppetry and wasn’t ready for something so abstract.

    @Betsy, I hardly think that Nora is coordinated enough to fashion a parricidal noose from shoelaces. Please. Get a grip.

    • Yes, my goal before publishing (pre-post) was to shatter post-preconceptions of pre-postmodern puppetry precisely for posterity.

      As for knotting she’s still never achieved anything more complex than a double bowline.

  • Betsy

    Okay, okay. So I’m a paranoid grandmother. Still . . .

  • Cute video.

    We just bought some of these.

    They’re soft-soled which are supposed to be a lot easier to learn to walk in than the hard-soled shoes. And no ties of any kind. Plus: rainbows and flowers and stars? Awesome.

    • Cool! Let me know how things go with them. I might have to buy some.

    • We used Bobux, which seems to be the same thing more or less. Soft and comfortable, and plenty of cute designs.