I note an article in the paper that Velcro turns 50 years old today. As a parent this is a wonderful invention. Try putting shoes on toddlers without Velcro fasteners. Tying and untying laces on the twins was a hassle, so I took the initiative and replaced the shoes with ones having Velcro fasteners. Resulting lower stress level – priceless. Sure they won’t learn to tie laces right away, but who cares, they can accomplish that feat when they are more mature. At their age, Dad has to tie them anyway. They really don’t learn anything other than some curse words as I struggle with my large hands attempting to tie knots in such small shoes.
The design happened after Swiss engineer George de Mestral studied burrs that stuck to his dog’s fur coat and his pants after the walked in the woods. The name Velcro is a combination of “velour” and “crochet”, French words for velvet and hook.
The next time you put on shoes, change a diaper, or put on that bulletproof Kevlar vest thank Mr. de Mestral and Velcro USA for making life just a little easier.
So as I drink my coffee this morning, here’s a toast to the Manchester, N.H. based Velcro USA for introducing this innovation and reducing my stress level, even a little.