My sister has a thing about shoes.
Or more specifically….shoe.
I use the singular since I have profound memories of seeing a variety of lone shoes in odd places in her house; odd places that a single shoe would not normally be found.
Or the bathtub.
You know what I’m talking about, Sister Sledge.
During this last visit, though, single shoes were more….ubiquitous.
It made me more paranoid than usual.
Keep in mind that I’m no stranger to the unusual – like Dad’s box of miscellaneous rubber and Ho trains and a macabre hamster autopsy performed when aforementioned sister fed it too much Captain Crunch – but this shoe thing has turned into something more troubling.
You see, dear sister, I recently lost one shoe and it taunts my psyche every time I see its lonely mate. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. Like it’s waiting for the return of its partner. I’ve even considered getting one of those MIA stickers to put on the window of my car in memory of this fallen soldier. I’ve discarded that notion for obvious reasons of respect.
But, woe is me, I have become a tortured soul. I NEVER lose anything, damn it! You know that!
Oh, help me come to terms with this, my sister. How do you do it? How do you cope? Where do you get your strength? And you persevere…almost happy…smiling through the pain.
Smiling through the pain?
Somethin’ ain’t right.
Could it be…..
Nah, forget it.
It couldn’t be. You wouldn’t do that.
Torture the OCD sister who never loses anything?
Are you purposely leaving grim reminders of my shoe misfortune to taunt me?
Is that why you were wearing that silly grin the whole time I was there?
I thought that was your I’m-so-happy-you’re-here-I-can’t-hold-it-in smile.
But it was really your I’m-punking-you-dumb-ass-and-you-don’t-even-know-it smile.
Fine. No problemo, Juanita.
First the tadpoles on the kitchen counter (I made toast with my eyes closed), then the carnivorous chickens (I keep my arms at my sides now when I walk by the cage to prevent dismemberment) and now this.
Not funny. Not funny at all.
I can take a hint. Next time it’s the Holidome. THEY have an indoor pool AND an amphibian-free continental breakfast.
Take that, sibling rival!