Some of my shoes are uncommon and draw comments. People ask, Where I get them? Or Why did I get them? Actually, they look at my shoes and ask, What is wrong with you? But I take that as, Where\Why did you get those shoes?
What is wrong with me? Well, I’m a pretty boring, consistent guy. middle-aged and married 22 years with 1 kid. I’ve worked at the same place 17 years. I have never had a residence more than 50 miles from where I was born. After work each evening, I head straight home with maybe a stop at the store along the way.
We need bread. That’s my big, mid-week excursion to Kroger – an adventure from my routine. Maybe I’ll do something wild like say I lost my Kroger card so the checkout girl will give me a new one! Bold am I.
In the last year or so, I started buying shoes that were out of character for… well, anyone except retarded clowns. The first was a pair of slip-ons that had a checkered pattern. It reminded me of Cheap Trick. I like Cheap Trick. I bought the shoes. I wore the shoes. And I didn’t care if other people liked them or not. I liked them.
Since then, I’ve picked up other shoes – Converse All Stars with a psychedelic, Timothy Leary pattern. Bright red Crocs sneakers. Fluorescent green Naturals. Orange Under Armor runners. All of them get comments – some good and some not so good, and I don’t really care.
What’s wrong with me? Nothing, but I’m in a rut. The thing is… I like my rut. My work is challenging and I come home to a woman who loves me every night. I have a great kid and a comfortable home. I’d be a moron not to value such things. Still, the shoes – the shoes are a way to change things up without changing my routine. I should point out that there is no real dress code where I work except that you must wear something.
It’s inconsequential – wearing crazy looking shoes. But something small like that puts the whole day in different perspective. It’s an explanation point at the end of my, “Hello world!” I have to do over and over. Yep, some people laugh and joke and I’m cool with that. I made someone laugh. If someone gets mean spirited, it’s their problem that they are an angry little sphincter.
Today is Tuesday. I think I’ll wear the fluorescent green Naturals.
© 2011, Mitch Lavender