That’s his shoe size.
“It’s really hard to find shoes,” he said, smiling. “My mom gets them somehow.”
It’s what moms do. They find a way. If it means special ordering tennis shoes, dress shoes, etc., so be it.
That said, there was one shoe problem mom could not solve. It became an issue when, as a Parkside Junior High eighth-grader, Tucker grew from size 16 to 18.