You can see it right on my blog … where I mention that I’ll talk about a lot of things, but not shoes.
But today, I’m sorry, I gotta talk about the shoes!
Our daughter is getting married in a couple of months and my lovely wife is beside herself with preparations. The happy couple are both dancers and the bride expressed some interest in somehow incorporating her immense back stock of old, dirty, used, pointe shoes as part of the table decoration.
If you didn’t know, ballet dancers save these shoes the way sports stars save memorabilia from their playing days. Pointe shoes are expensive and dancers grind these things into the floor, day after day, supporting their entire weight on one set of toes then the other, until … finally, the shoes, as they say, are dead, and they get tossed on the pile with the soiled, frayed, and spent remnants of their sister shoes.
I have often been proud of my wife’s skill at crafts but I must say she has outdone herself this time … enacting a most remarkable transformation on these pointe shoes. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw the first one and they keep getting better and better. They will ultimately be displayed upright in a vase as part of the centerpiece for each table at the reception.
I guess you would say in taxidermic terms … in a more natural state
What do you think?
Thomas Fenske is the author of The Fever and the upcoming release of A Curse That Bites Deep.
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