January 5, 2010

Letting Go

When I was four years old I had this bright red pair of sneakers that I cherished. Having worn them a size too long I still wouldn't give them up. Eventually, my parents were forced to throw them out in the middle of the night. I was devastated, crying for hours. I can still remember my limp body being lugged into Payless, my winter boots (in July) dragging across the parking lot. I employed passive resistance long before I'd heard of Gandhi. I was so traumatized. Those bright red shoes were the last bold fashion statement of my life. Nothing but blues and earth-tones ever since.

10 comments:

  1. It's so tragic to hear that you've submitted yourself to subdued colours after early childhood. I bet those shoes kicked ass. When I was 8, my parents forced me to get real tie-up shoes, instead of velcro. It was very upsetting, but not nearly as dramatic as your incident!

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  2. New shoes are always a lot of fun.

    Secretia

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  3. Allysia: It indeed was a tragedy on the scale of the Greeks.

    Secretia: Indeed it is.

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  4. I think everyone should own a pair of red shoes ... wait a second, I've been looking for the perfect pair for years. Every time I see a pair that works, I don't buy them because I would be settling for something less than perfect. I guess it's a good metaphor; it's hard to get rid of things we love, and it's hard to move forward if we can't always have things our way.

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  5. I still miss wearing light-up shoes. I've been looking for a pair in adult sizes for ages but to no avail.

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  6. Tiana: Yea, I doubt I'll ever own another pair of red shoes.

    Kristy: Good luck with that. If you cant find them in adult shoe sizes i heard that Chinese foot-binding works.

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  7. loll. Wouldn't it be a little too late for that? I assume foot-binding is done at quite a young age. btw my name is Kristyn =)

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  8. I am so glad I found you commented on my blog so I could find yours! you have a very refreshing voice in your writing and I look forward to reading more.
    PS I heard neon colors are back... it is never too late!

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  9. Kristyn: Probably! and my apologies about leaving off the N, i was confused.

    Laurel: Glad you enjoyed it. Neon? not happening...

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  10. I think I had a similar pair of sneakers :)

    FourthGradeNothing.com

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