I have a pair of red sneakers that are OLD. I mean old.
They have holes in them. The rubber base is loose. The lining is poking out. The red laces are broken and tied in knots.
They are so comfortable. And they have sentimental value. Those sneakers were made for walking. And they have. To the four corners of the world. Name the country. They have seen it.
I wear them around the house but they are so disreputable that I change my footware when the UPS guy comes to the door.
I would not want him to see them.
The other day I forgot I had them on when I ran to the store.
A young woman came up to me in the parking lot.
“Where did you get those sneakers? What size are they?”
Shamed. “Oh. I forgot to change.”
How much do you want for them?
I want to buy them. I’ll give you $20.00. They are so cool.
I got into my car as fast as I could. Obviously, a crazy.
Spring is coming. I needed a new pair of jeans and some T-shirts.. Went to the Gap.
I called the salesperson aside.
“Do you know that all the merchandise here is damaged?
The jeans are ripped. They have holes in them.
Even the T-shirts are ripped.”
Oh, she said, that’s the style. They are all like that.
PEOPLE BUY RIPPED CLOTHING?
So I went to Macy’s. A more conservative store. Their jeans were ripped too.
I went home. I already have worn out jeans. I’ll just keep wearing them.
Fortunately, I happened upon a blog called Second Hand Roses. Dawn had written an article about Good Will shopping. She said they had a “Jeans Department.”
Sent her an email. Are the jeans there all ripped?.
Oh, no, she said, they are from an earlier time. They are in good condition but you will have to rip them yourself if you want to be in style.
(I don’t think so)
I know where I am going to shop from now on.
But I wish I knew where I could find that young woman. I am willing to sell the sneakers for $20.00. If you are reading this, call me.
I can buy some nice new Keds.
And I will wait to buy women’s clothes when I come back in style.
It is sad when you are too old to be “cool.”
How cool are you?