I am typically not a pack rat or one that saves things. Yes, I’ve even been known to throw away those sweet little preschool drawings that come home every single day….GASP! However I do tend to hang onto clothing. Hey, you never know when it will be back in style.
So recently as I was pulling out my fall/winter shoes (not that I have that many shoes but rather very small closet space) only to find a pair of shoes that are older than my 8 year old daughter. A simple brown, leather pair of mules that I figured I have had for 10 years! How is that for usage? So I figure the way styles come and go I was “in” at least 5 of the 10 years.
Well I literally wore those shoes out. On my trip to Zambia the seams split. As we were packing up to leave camp I had asked one of the Zambian ladies if anyone would be interested in having the shoes even though they were in need of mending. She jumped (literally) up and said, “Oh, yes”. In my experience this is always the case; the African people are desperate for so many things that even “broken” items are a delight.
Not more than 10 minutes later a sweet lady named Violet approached me wearing her new shoes. So I was thinking if the saying, “Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”, holds true than I am fair game for the judging by Miss Violet as I am sure she has already walked many miles in those shoes.
Here’s to the Bass Company for making products that last a lifetime.