“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I got the shoe gene. 

I don’t know where it came from, but it is the one inherited girlie trait I really have.  I must stay away from any store that has a sign with the words “shoe” and “sale” anywhere in near congruence, or my financial future will come under serious threat from my irresistable compunction to buy shoes. 

I lost over 100 pairs of shoes and boots in Katrina.

And they are among some of the top things that I miss.

My books.  My grandmother’s hope chest.  My pastel portrait of me at four years old.  And my shoes.

After losing so much in Katrina, I decided to try, against all odds, to resist the rampant accumulation of consumer goods that preceded the catastrophe.  If I didn’t view the whole incident as a material lesson (pardon the pun), in how we should not over-consume, then there was no lesson at all, and nothing in life makes any sense.  And that, in my world, is unacceptable.

But the shoes.  Man.  That’s been hard. 

I have taken to cloaking my shoe-buying compulsion in maternal rectitude.  My son only has TWO pairs of shoes that fit him  Two.  Is that enough, I ask you, for an active child?  Of COURSE not.  Harry needs shoes.

So, I broke down and spent way, way too much money buying things that my son will wear for, well, maybe six months.


Cute boots!

And these:

Can't resist the Robeez!

 Are on their way to my son.  Because Harry needs shoes. 

I need professional help.

January 26th, 2007 at 12:12 pm
5 Responses to “Transference”
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    bubandpie Says:

    Oh, the Robeez! How I love them. (I’ve never been able to persuade myself to shell out for the booties, though – but if you’re going to indulge your shoe addiction vicariously, you’ve gotta go the whole hog, right?)

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    Moira Says:

    I understand the shoe thing… I am training my daughter – to the point i think her third word was “shoes.” Hehehee…

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    Suz Says:

    I love Robees and love love love the booties. I often think that I would buy more if we didn’t have twins, but it’s hard to commit when you have to buy two rather than one pair.

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    Sheila Says:

    cute cute cute! I love the little boots.

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    WhyMommy Says:

    Love the Robeez! I’d go shoeless all summer long if the boy needed new Robeez. Then again, I’m one of those Southerners who would prefer to go shoeless all summer long, particularly if I didn’t have to go anywhere. Sorry for the stereotype, but in my case it’s true!