Sunday, July 3, 2011

Show Me Off!

My top is being taken off, I try and look my very best. A lady looks in at me, looks down into my black and white material. I see the look in her eyes. She loves me.
I am quickly snatched out the box and placed on a foot. I mold my frame into the bones and leave a bit of room for the toes to move. She walks around the floor with me. I hear her gasp.
"I love them. They are perfect. I can't wait to wear them."

That evening I am put on and walked around. Little bits of time here and there. I want more, I want to be shown to the world. I want to see different places. I want to be walked a thousand miles.

The next few days I am only taken out of my box a few times. A walk up and down the hall, a few times on the stairs. I know that she loves me though. I can feel the way she walks when she has me on. I am giving her what I am meant to give her--confidence.

One morning I can sense excitement in the air. I feel a smaller pair of hands pick me up and look me over. I see I am being admired from these young little eyes. I am placed on her feet, I don't fit well but I try and mold into this beautiful delicate foot. I am being walked around, but it's wobbly.

"Mommy how do they look?" I hear laughter.

 I watch what is going on in the room. There is a baby on the bed. She is just lying there staring at everything around her, she is dressed so sweetly. There is a handsome boy, excitement brimming from his eyes. He is begging to listen to music and when it is turned on he sings loudly and dances around the room. I see the little one that tried me on earlier. She is joining in on the singing and dancing. My wearer is trying on clothes, combing her hair. Fixing the children's outfits. I can sense the excitement in the room. Something big is happening.

I am placed on my wearers' foot. I am being taken along for this exciting adventure. We go to the van. There is a lot of extra pressure on me, she's carrying the baby. I give in a little, making my frame mold gently upon the heel. The drive is long, the children are singing and giggling. Where could we be going?

 I always pictured myself out on dates without children present. I want to be put in sunshine, I want to see other shoes. Curiosity is getting to me.

 A few hours later we stop. I can sense the hesitation in my wearers' step. She is nervous, I can tell by the way she is putting pressure on her feet. She takes the baby out of the seat, I hear two other children join us. They are laughing, excited. Why is she not as excited? Why is she nervous?

We walk together briskly towards the outdoors. We go inside an extremely busy building. There are shoes everywhere. I see expensive shoes, cheaper shoes, I see sneakers and pumps. I see high heels and boots. Every color, heel, size and shape you could imagine.

I can't help but wonder where we are going. I love this place, there are people laughing, people crying, hugging, and kissing. I can sense the children's excitement growing. They are trying to run but my wearer is telling them to be patient.  We stop walking. There are people exiting through a door, we stand there and wait. My wearer starts pacing, back and forth with the baby in the stroller, the older children are getting impatient. I can sense the muscles in my wearers' foot tighten.

The older children are holding onto the stroller, I can feel my wearers' weight shifting from one foot to the other, back and forth, back and forth.

 The kids run off yelling, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy."

 A man comes walking over to my wearer with a suitcase, I can feel her lift up and put all her pressure on her toes to kiss him. She then relaxes into me, all tension gone,  letting me mold around her foot softly yet again.

This post was prompted by The Lightning and the Lightning-Bug
 Flicker of Inspiration Prompt #6: These Shoes Were Made for Talking.


Anonymous said...

Both your anticipation and that of the shoes is palpable. I like that you built it up, making us wonder what the final destination would be.

The twist at the end, the bustle of an airport?...fantastic. I can't imagine what it must be like to be away from one another for so long. I hope your shoes were a hit :)

Slidecutter said...

I'm loving all the stories our shoes are sharing.

Your shoes and this post? A perfect fit from beginning to end.

AmandaDF said...

I love that first paragraph-I can just imagine walking around the store wearing the perfect pair of shoes and how good that feels. That definitely put me in the moment.

Beautifully written! I love the anticipation from beginning to end :-)

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy said...

Oh, this was just perfect. From beginning to end your pacing was perfect. The story was almost suspenseful as I wondered what she and her shoes were anticipating. And the end paid off SO well. All that tension your reader felt melts away as the shoes and their wearer find their happy place again. LOVE!

Thank you so much for linking up this awesome tale!

May said...

I read on with anticipation. Were they going to a baptism for the baby? No, the wearer is too nervous for that. The mind wanders through possibilities. Then we discover that the husband has been gone. You had me scrolling through your blog for an answer to where has he been!
BTW...those are some sassy shoes!