Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A New Pair of Shoes

Yesterday I was a Target scouring the shelves for a pair of Easter shoes for my daughter. I knew it was the last minute and I also knew that my chances of finding her some nice new Easter shoes were very slim. I perused the dress shoe aisle and instantly realized I was probably going to have to go to plan B, which of course I hadn't formulated yet. There were only three or four pairs of dress shoes left and they weren't even close to her size. I walked around a bit to see if there were any other shoes that could possibly pass for Easter mass and came up empty handed. So I moved on.

I found some cute summer clothes for her and a darling bathing suit, all good finds. I was pleased with my purchases but realized that my primary reason for coming to Target( which I often times forget when I get in there) was to get Bridget some dress shoes. I should just double check, I thought, maybe I missed something. I wheeled my basket back down the aisle and suddenly there they were; a size 12 pair of Mary Janes with a little heel. Perfect! I couldn't believe my good fortune. I wasn't sure that they were going to fit and the heel seemed a little bit much for a six year old but hey, I was glad to have something in hand to put on her feet rather than trying to force her to wear her old, small shoes. With a tight grip on my purchase, I took my bag of goodies and went home.

"Will you try these new shoes on for me?" I asked her when she arrived home. "They are for Easter and I need to see if they fit you." She opened the bag and let out a scream. "I can't believe that you got these for me Mommy. I thought that only Barbie's had shoes like these!" She smiled from ear to ear and I watched her as she danced around the house for the next hour. "Can I wear them to gymnastics?" She requested. I promptly replied that no, she would have to wait to wear them until Easter. "Then I am going to wear them to bed the night before so I will be ready in the morning." She retorted having thought out a plan. I smiled as I watched her dance and sing with her shoes on in front of the mirror for the next hour.

I reminisced about my favorite dress when I was her age. It was a black and white gingham chiffon dress with an empire waist that had a red rose in the middle. I wore it all the time. For pretend teas, for family pictures and any time my mother would let me put it on. I thought about how certain things in my closet still bring me joy when I put them on. I just bought a great pleated red skirt that is a knockout. I love to swish around in it and can't wait to wear it again.

I finally had to tell her to take the shoes off because it was time for gymnastics. She acquiesced and put them in a special place in her closet. I hope she enjoys those shoes and remembers them when she is forty six and has a daughter of her own. I hope that she will smile at the memory of her dancing and singing and feeling like"Barbie." It was definitely my lucky day.


Deal said...

Nice post.!! Target is my favorite too. I always enjoy my shopping here and save much money.

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