Eli is one of those tall and thin kids which means he often wears flood aka high water jeans. It's not because we don't care rather he doesn't like when the waist band of the pants is higher which is what happens when they are kids slims with the additional elastic pull tab.
Routinely my eyes are rolling to the top of my head when I try my best to get him to wear pants that fits and he refuses, throws a fit, grabs his favorites which he says are extra comfy. Unfortunately they are also 2 to 3 inches above the ground and known and floods and high waters. Trust me I'm always secretly giving away clothes - and kids continue to grow so it's always an issue.
About a month ago he asked me what it means when someone says you have "floods" - at seven this isn't in your vocabulary. I explained the concept of high water pants and floods. He nodded, to indicate he understood and it was the end of the story. He didn't ask if he wore floods or even notice that he was wearing them at the time.
My kids jeans finding mission: slim, easy to snap and unsnap, no elastic in the waistband, narrow but not too narrow (to accompany the boxers) with long legs, black jeans, and blue jeans. Oh and I forgot to mention, reasonably priced was one more of my choices - because although you may not agree, I think $30 plus jeans are not meant for kids that roll in the dirt, rip out knees in weeks, wipe their hands in them, and grow out of them in six or so months.
Earlier this week I found a pair of what I was hoping was perfect: dark black, slim, relaxed fit, long jeans. Eli tried them on last night - no complaints once they were on.
This morning he got dressed and all was perfect until we were getting ready for the bus.
As soon as his shoes went on he told me that his pants were too long and he needed them rolled up or else he coudn't wear them because they were too long.
After going back and forth and arguing that they didn't need to be rolled they were the perfect length, rolling as minimally as possible, to finally conceding to a full cuff of two plus inches - he walked out the door with his dad to the bus in perfect high waters right at this ankle. Thankfully (in my mind) he had on black socks, and not white.
Then I smiled, and thought, he's perfectly fine wearing "floods" - it's only me who has the problem. So it was about letting go and allowing him to wear what ever pants he feels good in regardless of the length.
Covertly of course I will still be on the lookout for the perfect kids jeans and lots of dark socks.