Last friday evening was a busy one for me. I left work at 5pm and skipped home as quickly as possible knowing that I was being picked up at 5.40pm to squeeze in a visit the new Soroptimist venue before the girls arrived at 7.30. I got home as quickly as possible, wrote a blog post in 4 minutes (I’d composed it in my head on the way home), replaced my “shredder” shoes with my little customised bow shoes and went to stand on the corner to await my lift.
As I stood there a family approached, Mum, two boys and two little girls. One little girl, whose name turned out to be Madelaine (lovely name!) must have been 3, maybe 4 years old. She was dragging her feet as she passed, and staring lovingly at mine, tugging on her Mum’s hand and whispering. Eventually “Mum” stopped asking her to please keep up and turned to me instead.
“She loves your shoes,” she explained. “We often walk behind you on the way to school in the morning. A few months back you had on some shiny red shoes and she’s been asking me for some the same ever since. And now she wants some with bows on too.”
I just beamed! I know many people would be confused, even dismayed at having their footwear choices admired by a pre-school child, but hell, in my book a compliment is a compliment! And I know I have childish tastes in shoes – I love my Mary Janes, am a sucker for a round toe or a t-bar… and my red shoes are distinctly little girl-ish! I’m just excited to be inspiring the next generation of fashionistas!
Dress: George; cardi: M&S;
shoes: charity shop (bows added by me)