Worn Out

A discarded pair of black men

When is the last time you wore shoes until they were completely worn out? I mean holes in the sole and holes in the heel.  I can’t remember a time like that.  I can remember wearing shoes until they were too loose on my narrow feet, too uncomfortable, too scuffed and dirty, or too out of style.  I can remember discarding shoes, because I was tired of seeing them on my feet.  I can’t remember wearing shoes until they looked like the ones in this photograph.  And because I can’t remember, I know that I have been truly blessed in my life with an abundance of things that I needed AND wanted.  So finding these shoes in the parking lot of the Starbucks in downtown Decatur (outside Atlanta, GA), reminded me of how fortunate I am.  I remember the stories my dad would tell me about living during the depression and putting cardboard and newspaper in his shoes to combat the holes in them. I wonder if the man, who wore these shoes, was in a similar situation–not having enough money to buy new shoes.  Well, whoever he is, I hope he has some better shoes now to take him where he needs to go.  I hope you have what you need to carry you to where you need to go.




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  • December 15, 2015 - 3:47 am

    Tracey Foxworth - My mother and other older relatives have shared stories about wearing shoes during their childhood with cardboard inserts and other things,too.ReplyCancel

  • December 15, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    Bess Harris - I do know what it’s like to wear shoes with holes, & I continue to be grateful for not being in that position every day. That’s why I take the opportunity to share with others whenever I can.ReplyCancel

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