Okay...that title's a little deceiving! This post is not about home, really--it's more about dreams. And.....shoes. And dreams that involve...well, sparkly red can't-wear-them-but-REALLY-WANT-THEM shoes! That's where the title comes in...stay with me and you shall see!
A few days ago I was fortunate to meet a new friend on Facebook who is in the process of getting a pair of helios braces (like the ones I wear.) I explained how that process went for me in a previous post entitled Miracles Do Happen, as I consider these braces (and how I came to get them,) to be a miracle! This new friend had a lot of questions about fit, function, whether or not the expense of the helios was worth it...and was curious about shoes that would work well with these types of braces. And I was glad to pass on any information I had, because when I went through the experience I had the same concerns...but didn't know anyone else who wore helios. I had to be content with finding things out as I went along, because I didn't have much of a choice. The doctor who made my braces answered questions as best he could, even the ones I had about shoes...though it wasn't quite the same as speaking to someone with first hand experience. As you can imagine, shoe shopping is NOT very fun when you wear braces...and it was helpful for the doctor to point me toward what brand(s) would work well, which cut down on the amount of shoes I needed to try. This was good, because trying on shoes is NEVER fun for me. And let's be honest...shoe shopping is a girl thing! I've never overheard a couple of guys talking about getting together for a shoe shopping trip (and actually being excited about it.) Most men I know wear their shoes completely out...until they are forced to buy a new pair, or break out the duct tape. (Sometimes it's easy to spot the single guys if you look at their feet, ladies...no self respecting woman would EVER allow their man out of doors with dirty, holey, duct tape-covered shoes!) And even though I AM a girl and have that 'shopping gene' that most girls tend to have, for me the thought of shopping for shoes is pretty close to a nightmare. Though I must admit that nightmare has calmed down over the years since I got the helios...but it's still a process!
Though even a woman like me, who can't wear fancy heels and hasn't had many positive shoe shopping experiences, dreams about slipping on a pair of sparkly, high heeled shoes once in a while just to see how they would look. I've never actually had the courage to do that before now, as I feel a little silly...I'll never be able to wear heels, unless someone creates braces formed like Barbie's feet so I can slip on those 5 inchers, and be on my way! But still...it's fun to dream, and I've always wanted to see my tiny feet in sexy red heels. And so I finally did it! Walking through Macy's with my friend and coworker K, we hit the shoe department...and I found a seat. I wasn't intending to try anything on, as their prices were well out of my reach. I was sitting and resting while K looked through the racks, being quite practical about the whole thing...when I looked up and saw a pair of 5 inch, sparkly red heels balanced in her hands. "OOOHHHH!" I exclaimed, and all my practicality went rushing out of me. They were Dorothy's shoes from the Wizard of Oz, with a kick! Immediately I could see myself wearing them, clicking my heels together and saying there's no place like home! K soon shook me out of my fantasy, by making it a reality. "C'mon, Christine!" she said to me, "take off those braces. You're trying these on!" And so I obeyed...I just couldn't resist! And you know what?? It was FUN. I've never had a fun experience in a shoe store before, and I guess it was about time! You might think I would find a pair of heels depressing; another reminder of what I CAN'T do, but you'd be wrong. I'm not upset that I can't walk out of the store in those heels--I'm under no illusions of that ever happening, and that's okay. The practical side of me still exists...but these weren't practical shoes--they were DREAM shoes. And now that dream has been fulfilled!