Peter, this morning. Before I've had my coffee.
Pete: "Mom, my teacher said her shoes are her babies. I told her you have a whole closet full of them, but only wear like 3 pairs."
Me: (horrified) "Peter!!! That's not true! And we live in Vermont, it's not like I can wear peep toes in the winter!"
I then thought to myself, "Well, I CAN, but I have to carry them to where I'm going and put them on after I take my boots off...", but I knew better than to even have that conversation with my son unless I wanted to stare at a glazed over face.
Pete: (after some thought) "Why do you have so many shoes, anyway?!"
Me: (thinking "Oh no you are NOT going there!!!") "Why do you have so many legos?!?!"
Conversation over. Finally I spoke his language.
And I may have multiple shoe changes today, just to prove my point. You do NOT mess with the shoes.