The boy then complained: "They're on the wrong feet."
It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off and she struggled to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on - this time on the right feet.
The boy announced: "These aren't my boots."
Once again, she struggled and no sooner had they got the boots off than he said: "They're my brother's boots. Mummy made me wear them."
Mustering up her remaining grace and courage, she wrestled the boots back on. Helping him into his coat, she asked: "Now, where are your mittens?"
"I stuffed them in the toes of my boots."