saying goodbye to great shoes-
they have lasted for a long time, but they are beyond repair-
they are your favorites, they are perfect, they are sooo comfy-
the fact is- they just don’t make shoes like this anymore.
But you have to be brave. (people will probably be happy when you have let them go)
We have all heard stories of newly married couples- and the wife throws out some of her husbands ‘old, nasty’ sneakers and the horrified husband finds ‘his favorite, lucky shoes’ in the trash and well… each story ends about the same- heartbreak, misunderstanding, forgiveness and some reality checking about ‘why are you saving these?’
This pair of Doc Martins was given to me by our bass player Hana in 1999. She found them in a parking lot- and I would always add…’the guy was just laying there..’ She actually had them for 3 years- before she found someone who they would fit. (#truestory)
They were a little big for me, but I grew to love them and they are indestructible- I have tried to kill them off a few times (like- I wear them when I am welding) and when they didn’t die -I was happy. And they were the easiest things to put on after my back surgery when I could not bend (these an stayed tied for years)(literally- years)
So, it turns out: Doc Martin’s are really quality shoes and they will outlast everything- so it might be more like buying a family member and you might need to be ready for a long-term relationship…… unless you loose them (it happens) and if this is YOU and your looking for your shoes- its not really too late… (well- before you contact me, I hope you have come to grips with your abandonment of these shoes and how they had struggled to find acceptance and value in life which comes from more than a big price tag..etc) they have had to walk off a lot of hurt, which is not that easy because they are fairly comfy and they never really meant to hurt anyone.
ok, whew, lost my train of thought-
Converse sneakers need to be handled carefully- you will kill them off before their time. #justsayin
So, the thought for today is: Do we value our long-term relationships with people? Do we occasionally try to kill them off? Do we care for them after we just walked them through a bunch of (unmentionables) –
If not…. then start today and value everyone you meet- because, replacing them is way too costly- 1st John 3:11 For this is the message we have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
*note: in spite of their age, these shoes do not smell- really smelly shoes might have to be given quick and final judgement. (2 in the hat)
*if your friends smell…. well, everyone has a bad day from time to time-
PS next blog.. Puppies!