1809. Beautiful shoes

Esther saw the shoes in the shop. They were black ankle boots. They were beautiful. They were expensive.

Almost every day she would look at the shoes. Yes, they definitely cost too much. If she had more money she could squander it on these shoes.

Esther showed the shoes to her friend, Caroline. Caroline agreed that the shoes were lovely. “They would suit you down to the ground,” said Caroline. Of course, Caroline admiring the shoes wasn’t going to get Esther the shoes! Carolina could ill-afford to buy the shoes as much as Esther.

Not having enough money didn’t stop Esther longing, and looking, and wishing, and hoping, and dreaming.

Then one day, the shoes were not there. They had been sold. Goodness knows who had purchased them. Some rich person no doubt.

As she walked along the dusty road, Esther was consoled by the fact that none of the other kids at school could afford shoes either.

38 thoughts on “1809. Beautiful shoes

  1. Yvonne

    Thank goodness she wasn’t able to buy those shoes. It would have created envyin the other children, they would have soon gotten scuffed and dirty walking to school, and she would have grown out of them in no time.

    When she grows up, she will become a successful neurosurgeon and will have an Italian cobbler make her a pair of ankle boots just like those from her childhood. When she wears them, she will be happy.

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  2. dumbestblogger

    I grew up as a barefoot farm kid hardly ever wearing shoes when there wasn’t snow on the ground. While this accounts for my fear of hooves, the idea of children wanting shoes is somewhat foreign to me.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      LOL! I still don’t own a proper pair of shoes! I keep a pair of black slip-ons in the cupboard for a funeral but even in winter I don’t wear footwear (we don’t get snow!) Mind you, since I broke my ankle a few years ago I wear a compression stocking nearly all the time.

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        1. Bruce Post author

          In New Zealand even little old ladies can sometimes be seen at the supermarket in bare feet. I was surprised when I lived in NC that shops would have signs that said “No bare feet”. My feet are my sexiest asset.

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            1. Bruce Post author

              Was that your nose? At least with the WUHAN VIRUS Wisconsin is occasionally mentioned in the news over here. Until you started reading my blog I neither could spell Wisconsin or point to it on the map. (Mind you – even more so – people don’t have a clue where New Zealand is).

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              1. dumbestblogger

                Believe it or not I would be able to find New Zealand on a map. It’s in Ocean close to Australia. The real reason you have heard of Wisconsin has nothing to do with the cornella virus, but with the fact that we hold the balance of power in the upcoming presidential election, and when the Presidency is at stake anything and everything will be politicized. Climbing down from my conspiracy horse now.

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                1. Bruce Post author

                  You’re very welcome to stay on your conspiracy course. I would move to Wisconsin if a) I had the money and b) if I had a vote. It’ll be the end of the USA if what’s-his-name gets in.

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  3. Almost Iowa

    The actress Sophia Loren was on a talk show in the 60’s chatting with another actress who grew up poor. The other actress lamented that her family bought shoes only in the fall and the kids had to make do for the year.

    Sophia snapped, “You had SHOES?”

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  4. observationblogger

    I found myself embroiled in an envious state the other night. I was watching a doco called ‘Fee Solo’ about the climber Alex Honnold who climbed without ropes to the top of El Capitan. Before he made the great ascension he and his girlfriend were contemplating buying this gorgeous duplex place and I wondered how a guy who lived out of his van and just scaled mountains for a living could afford such an acquisition. But Alex could and soon after he scaled ‘El Capitan’. If he had small hands to begin with, it probably would have been literally out of his reach; the house and the cliff face. I went to a dark place, I’m afraid to say and I’m not proud of it.

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