This week I am showing a pair of shoes times two.
Once, when we were in Paris, we were invited out to dinner by family friends who also mentioned that we would be going to an art opening. Josh warned me that dinner would most likely be a formal affair and I should dress accordingly. I had a little black velvet cocktail dress to wear but the shoes I brought were scuffed. We decided to swing by La Samaritaine and each purchase new dress shoes.
I immediately fell in love with these--they were my first pair of three-inch mary janes.
We walked over from our hotel in St. Germain to their apartment which was about 15 minute walk. By the time we reached their apartment, I was in a small amount of pain from wearing these brand-new three-inch heels, but they suggested that we walk to the art opening instead of hailing a cab since it was a beautiful night. They told us it was by Notre Dame.
So I limped over to Notre Dame, my feet throbbing and a small cut opening underneath my ankle bone where the unbroken shoes were rubbing against bare skin. We passed the church and kept walking. And walking. And walking. And over a half hour after we passed the church, we finally came to this tiny studio where they had mounted a few pictures on the wall and were serving wine in plastic glasses. Josh and I were in so much pain that we could barely breathe.
After ten minutes of small talk with the owners, we left and began walking again to a small Moroccan restaurant nearby. I may not have wanted to show up in jeans, but a casual skirt would have been more than acceptable. I was extremely overdressed for the restaurant. I sat there, trying not to vomit from the pain that was now radiating all the way up my legs. Both ankles were bleeding.
When we left the restaurant, the family friends suggested we walk back since it was such a beautiful evening, but Josh had the good sense to tell them that we would take the metro back to our hotel. We limped back up our street, shoes in hand, not caring if we were walking barefoot through other people's weekend revelry vomit. That was how much pain we were in. It affected the rest of the trip even though we spent the week in sensible shoes and bandaids.
When we got back to America, Josh had a jeweler make me this necklace--a replica of each of our shoes.
We still use the other couple's last name as our personal term for anything that may seem like a good idea at the time but has the potential to bite us in the ass.
What are you showing today?
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
- Weebles Wobblog
- Life After Infertility and Loss
- I Think I Hear Your Mother Calling
- Lupus Pie
- So These are the Days of My Life
- Life from Here
- I Won't Fear Love
- I'm a Smart One
- My Sanctuary
- The Only Constant is Change
- The Life and Times of Me
- Imagine Alyzabeth An
- Kore Chronicles
- Of Love and Loss
- Sean and Mary's Family
- Spuddy Buddy
- The Therapist is In
- Busted Babymaker
- Bloorb This!
- Tales of the Phoenix
- Hurry Up n Wait
- Clumsy Kisses
- Bee Bangbage
- The Promise of Our Love
- There's Hope
- Stop the Train, I Wanna Get Off...
- Who Shot My Stork
- Mommy Sparklykatt
- Fumbling Towards Eggstacy
- What Wuz I Saying
- Fractured Rainbows
- In Search of Biscuit 2.0
- Kir's Corner
- Age 30 - A Year of Books
- Working on It (invite-only site)
- Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere Storkey, Storkey
- Worth it All
- A Woman My Age
- Adventures [in]Fertility Wonderland
- Yes, you...over there in the back row...are you ready? It's your turn...
Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item.
- Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I post a new Show and Tell post every Saturday night or Sunday. I usually move people up into the body of the post every few hours.
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
- If you want it...
I've now placed a Show and Tell archive on the sidebar that will be updated each week in case you miss it. And click here for the icon code if you wish to have it for your blog. It links to the archives.