Forgotten Footwear

by Nancy Casey

How many different pairs of shoes do you suppose you have worn in your life? Of those, how many have you forgotten about, until now? Today, write about shoes you once wore but do not wear or think about very much anymore.

Open your mind to memories of shoes as you set up to write. Get your stuff out and arrange it in a way that looks pleasing to you. Take a breath or two. Wiggle around a little to loosen yourself up.

Think about shoes you loved, shoes you hated, shoes you lost and shoes you outgrew.

Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. Set aside some space for illustration if you like. Start drawing or doodling in it if it helps your mind focus. Draw a shoe, or just scribble.

As soon as the memory of a pair of shoes (or flip-flops, or boots) you don’t wear anymore pops into your mind, begin writing. Describe them. Maybe tell a little bit about your history together. Where did you go with them on your feet? Were they comfortable? Did you choose them? Did you like them? What did you call them?

Footwear leaves our lives for many reasons. It gets worn out. One of the pair gets chewed up by a dog. We decide it’s ugly. It hurts our feet. A better pair comes along…

Perhaps you will remember so many things about a pair of shoes or boots you thought you had forgotten that you will fill the whole page with remarks about that one pair.

Or maybe you only have a little bit to say about the first pair of footwear that came to mind. If that happens, doodle while you wait for another shoe-memory to bubble up to the surface of your mind. Maybe you will draw more footwear than you write about.

When you have filled up the page, look back over your work. Add illustration or decoration if you like.

Do your ideas form any kind of a pattern? Do they seem to be about a bigger idea that you hadn’t really planned on writing about? If they do, maybe you can use that insight to think up a title. If they don’t, make up some kind of a title anyway and write it at the top of the page.

Put your initials or a signature on the page, too. And write the date on it. Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like some help or encouragement with any kind of writing project, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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