Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Centus/If the shoe doesn't fit....


This is Saturday Centus . The prompt must be used word for word somewhere in the story on not more than 100 words.The prompt is highlighted. For complete rules see:http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com.

Today's prompt: an involuntary gasp of shock escaped my lips when I opened the shoebox and saw the pointy-toed shoes






                                    If the shoe doesn't fit......
I was cleaning the overstuffed closet, tossing out peeled sweaters, trousers with missing buttons. Purging was harder than it used to be--bending, squatting, reaching, puffing for a tad more air.


I tossed out sandals missing buckles, loafers with heels worn to an angle, and hats with crushed brims. Then an involuntary gasp of shock escaped my lips when I opened the shoebox and saw the pointy-toed shoes...


I looked down at thick ankles, felt aching knees, a lump formed in my throat. I wouldn’t wear toothpick-thin red heels ever again. They still sparkled, but I didn’t. When had it happened, the loss of elastic body, that dash of vigor, the zest of youth prancing on dainty feet?

17 comments:

Linda O'Connell said...

Oh I can so relate! Try googling that info again; it came up for the others. You should get a chuckle.

Sue said...

Oh boy, you're hittin' me right where it hurts here...

To say I can relate is an understatement.

Well done.

=)

jfb57 said...

Oh how sad. Such a poignant post!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

When were you in MY closet? I guess we all need to realize our limitations sometimes, even in clothing.

Great job!

razzamadazzle said...

What a sad story--we all have to lose that some day I guess.

Teresa

Viki said...

Oh boy, do I know those feelings. I wonder what happened all the time ;-) Great true to life centus.

articlesoffaithandfancy said...

Or maybe with age comes the wisdom to ditch cruel shoes in favor of comfort. :)

Ames said...

It's in the water I say! Because the same thing happened to me. This was great!! ~Ames

Cheryl said...

This reminds me of my grandmother's late in life woes. Great job with this prompt.

Judie said...

Hahaha! You and I think alike! Great post!!

Rek said...
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Rek said...

Gravity hits us harder as we get older...well, we have the memories at the very least...good post.

Jo said...

so true ... sensible shoes just don't do if for me ... yet, they fit ...

cj Schlottman said...

Well done! Spooky how you have touched a nerve with some of us who are of a certain age. Personally, on some days, my ankles look like dough is rising out of my shoes!

Namaste.........cj

Jenny said...

What started out as funny turned to poignant as I read farther.

This story really hit home for me...even though I never wore pointy shoes!

Thanks for a great link.

Anna said...
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Anna said...

Cleaning closets can be emotionally trying, not just physically exhausting!
This is a text with punch, that I am sure many can relate to. Shoes as markers of the passing of time.
Nice SC.
Best wishes
Anna
Anna's SC wk 32