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Old Shoes

Change is in the air  house mind heart? Maybe heart is a better word.

shoesI have carried this pair of shoes around for 25 years. They were my mother’s. When she died, I took this pair of cream shoes and a pair of ankle boots that were hers. The ankle boots fitted my daughter perfectly and she still has them. The cream shoes were too big for her, and they are a touch too small for me, which is why I’ve never worn them. But I kept them because they were my mother’s and they looked nice, and maybe one day they would fit me. (what was I thinking?) She hardly wore these shoes, and the price tag is still visible inside the shoe. $59.99 twenty five years ago – that’s an expensive pair of shoes. The inside sole says ‘Leather upper’ and the writing stamped on the sole of the shoe is not in English, so they must be an imported shoe. 

I think it’s time I got rid of the shoes. Maybe not. Just put them back and deal with it next year. Let’s face it – after all this time, I don’t think my feet will shrink enough to wear them comfortably. But then, if I have those bones fused in my right foot, my foot will be shorter. Short enough to wear the shoe? What good will one shoe be? Do I need a pair of cream courtshoes? No. But I might one day. I’ve never needed a pair of cream courtshoes. Will I need a pair of cream courtshoes in the future? Maybe I should keep them. Do I have other things that were my mother’s? Yes. But not any of her shoes. Do the shoes mean anything to me? No. Other than the fact that they were her shoes. I never saw her wear them.

I will get rid of the shoes. 

Sometimes it is hard to let go of things. Especially if you don’t understand the reason you want to hang onto them. Goodbye, shoes :)

DJ

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