A Proud Pair
By: Brittany F.
Indiana, Age 5
Once upon a time, behind the doors of a rich girl’s closet, a battle brewed between two pairs of shoes. One pair of shoes was worn, rugged, and tattered, but comfortable. The other pair was tall, dazzling, and beautiful, but painful. They equally wished to be chosen first and to be worn most often. Both strived to be the favorite pair of shoes.
As the closet door opened one would hear both pairs of shoes say in unison, “Pick me, fair lady, I’m the best; I outdo all the rest.” Each day, they anticipated her choice.
One day, the shoes over heard the fair lady talk of an important get-a-way weekend. It was a very special few days.
“She will most definitely need to be comfortable, so I’m sure she will pick me,” the tennis shoes said to the high heeled pair. But the high heeled shoes said, “No, I know she will want to look pretty, so she will pick me.”
See, the tennis shoes assume they are best because they are soft, faithful, reliable, and comfortable. However, the high heels think they are the more valuable because they are sparkly, fashionable, new, and fabulous. Each pair thought more highly of themselves than they should.
As the closet door opened, one would hear both pairs of shoes say in unison, “Pick me, fair lady, I’m the best; I outdo all the rest.”
The tennis shoes glared at the high heels and said, “You know she is going to pick me, she will choose comfort over fashion.” With a smug look the high heels said, “Oh please, every woman knows it hurts to be beautiful, so I am the one she will choose.”
As the young, rich girl debated which shoes to take, each pair of shoes realized they both had valuable things to offer and were equally important.
Both shoes got to go on the get-a-way weekend and lived happily ever after.