There's a fine line between clothing and toy. Socks are right in the middle.
When Michelle bought Ella the six pack of Zutano Infant/Toddler Socks, she expected one or two to be lost.
But now Ella was barefoot in front of a pile of socks, and clapping at Jake's impromptu puppet show. Michelle wasn't anything close to angry. It was a warm day - the kind of day when Michelle's dad would no doubt be on the golf course - so Ella was comfortable, just like she would have been in the spring/summer designed Zutano Socks. And Jake was doing pretty well with his story.
Michelle knew she was coming in late, but from what she could tell, the striped sock was currently a dragon, and the solid sock was a superhero with powers that mostly sounded like "PCHOW PCHOW PCHOW!" Ella was watching her brother with a concentration Michelle didn't know her daughter possessed.
Michelle sat down beside her daughter and starting balling up the loose cast members. Jake didn't object so she figured it was okay. The striped sock threatened the solid sock with "a back alley avenue of pain" and Michelle wondered where Jake had learned that expression. Possibly from Tim's little performance in the toy store, or maybe some cartoon. Ella obviously didn't know what the words meant but she liked Jake's dragon voice and she laughed.
Michelle put Ella on her lap and helped her into a pair of Zutano Infant/Toddler Socks. Jake yelled "PCHOW PCHOW PCHOW!" and Ella yelled back "PCHOWD!" and kicked wildly. Michelle saw the surprise on Jake's face, he hadn't noticed Ella was paying such close attention. For the first time, he was realizing how important a big brother could be.
Michelle decided these socks had been a good investment.