A Challenge; Walk a Mile in Someone's Shoes

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This is my first time throwing out a challenge. I liked the ones I did. If you interested give it a try. It's fun. It can be a poem, short story or what ever you want. You just have to write about...Walking a Mile in Someone's Shoes. You can interpret it anyway you want. Good Luck. Happy Writing. Ted

Submitted: June 27, 2008

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I rolled over in bed and gazed out the window. It looked like a nice day, so I opted for a walk instead of a drive in my gas guzzler of a truck. With the few pounds added from the winter, that I have not been able shed yet, and gasoline prices over $4 a gallon, the choice was easy. I needed a nice summer shirt and some sneakers, so my destination was Bob’s Store. It was only about a mile down the road, easy walk.
It turned into an enjoyable walk, checking out the sights as I passed; you miss so much when you drive. When I got to the store I was little winded and had worked up a nice sweat. The air conditioning in the store was like heaven.
They had a nice selection of shirts but I just couldn’t find the right shirt, either it was too small or way too big. I wanted to get something today though, so I moved on to the shoe department. I have had this Bob’s gift card burning a hole in my pocket for a while
I made my way to the back of the store to find some sneakers. My last few pairs were purchased here. As I looked around I had a feeling that I would probably find a pair that I really liked, but would not be able to find my size. I went down a few aisles and then I saw a nice pair, not to flashy, not to plain. I took off my ratty old pair, oh boy, did they smell, I really needed a new pair. I couldn’t find a 10EEE, but I did find an 11, so I put them on, laced them up and walked around, giving them a test drive. They were too big. I needed a pair, but these were definitely too big and I knew I wouldn’t be happy. I took them off and look some more, hoping that a box was put in the wrong place, but I couldn’t find another one. I decided it wasn’t going to be my day, so I went to put my sneakers on. I finished lacing them up and headed out the door. I was glad I walked to the store, because now I had to walk home and this was a good way to force me to get some exercise.
I made it home in pretty good time. Something wasn’t right though and I was shocked that I hadn’t notice before this, but the sneakers that I had put on were not mine. After a good laugh, I decided to go back to the store. I drove my truck this time.
When I got to the store I awkwardly asked one the employees if someone had claimed that their sneakers were stolen. They told me that someone did, if fact, make that claim. They also informed me that the gentleman was still in this store in the footwear department.
I sheepishly made my way to the back of the store. I met up with the gentleman and again after a good laugh we exchanged sneakers. We also exchanged some small talk and I came to find out that he had three daughters as well. Upon further exchange of pleasantries we found that we were in the same line of work and as the conversion continued the similarities continued, it was uncanny. It was, as they say, serendipitous. Then it hit me. I had literally, as well as physically, walked in this man’s shoes.


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