A Farewell To My Sneakers

September 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm 54 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 September 2017

Note:This is the condensed version. You can read the full story here.

Sarah Potter

Photo Credit: Sarah Potter
 
Dear One:

I feel a little guilty taking you for a walk to get the Sunday paper yesterday. It was cold and chilly and the pavements were wet with rain. Because of your age, I should’ve been more considerate. But then, you’re my favorite companion. We’ve been bosom buddies.

It’s been a long ride. We’ve taken on the world. But I guess you’re tired and looking forward to a long rest.

As I put you in the recycle bin, I wonder what you’ll be in the next life. Whatever it’ll be, I’m sure it’ll be for the best.

Love,
P.

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54 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine Goodnough  |  September 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Surely no one recycles shoes? Or was it something else he was putting in the bin?

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      christine:

      he was hoping against hope that the beloved pair will be recycled.

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      • 3. Christine Goodnough  |  September 21, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Maybe a homeless passer-by found them and gave them another dozen miles. πŸ™‚

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        • 4. plaridel  |  September 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

          christine:

          that would be lovely. πŸ™‚

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  • 5. rochellewisoff  |  September 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    I felt much the same when my first pair of high top purple Chucks fell apart. Nice one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      rochelle:

      i guess nothing lasts forever. 😦

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    • 7. rgayer55  |  September 22, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I bet she cried.

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      • 8. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

        russell:

        i don’t think we’ll know for sure.

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  • 9. Alexis Chateau  |  September 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    That pair of shoes has really lived. I plan to do a post about my famous pair as well. It’s even been on NBC news. πŸ˜‚

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      alexis:

      awesome! please send me the link when you have done it.

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      • 11. Alexis Chateau  |  September 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Haha — will do. I haven’t gotten rid of it yet, so maybe in a few more weeks when the new one comes. πŸ˜„

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        • 12. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

          alexis:

          take your time, but, hopefully, i won’t wait forever. πŸ™‚

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          • 13. Alexis Chateau  |  September 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm

            Haha. I’ll see what I can do.

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            • 14. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

              alexis:

              i’ll hold you on to it. just kidding. πŸ™‚

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  • 15. yarnspinnerr  |  September 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Love your take on this one.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      yarnspinnerr:

      thank you for the compliment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 17. neilmacdon  |  September 21, 2017 at 12:22 am

    That’s inventive!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      neil:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. Iain Kelly  |  September 21, 2017 at 12:54 am

    A fond farewell. Funny how we can become so attached to inanimate objects.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      iain:

      i totally agree.

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  • 21. Sandra  |  September 21, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Aww. Sweet.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      sandra:

      thank you.

      Reply
  • 23. FabricatingFiction  |  September 21, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I love this take. It made me sad and smile all at the same time.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      louise:

      i’m glad it you found it worth reading. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 25. Moon  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:28 am

    A great, unique story .

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    • 26. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      moon:

      thanks for your the usual support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 27. draliman  |  September 21, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Aww, such a touching tribute to your shoes πŸ™‚

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    • 28. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      draliman:

      it was only fitting since they had served their master well.

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  • 29. Jelli  |  September 21, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Lovely!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      jelli:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. norma  |  September 21, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Aww! It was a sweet and a sad farewell. Nicely done! πŸ™‚

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    • 32. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      norma:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. Dale  |  September 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

    An ode to an old pair of shoes… And why not?

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    • 34. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      dale:

      why not, indeed? did you get the chance to read the full version?

      Reply
  • 35. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  September 21, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Love this tender ode, every good pair of shoes deserve one.

    You should read Ode to my Socks by Pablo Neruda

    https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ode-to-my-socks/

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    • 36. plaridel  |  September 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      bjΓΆrn:

      what a lovely poem. thanks for sharing the link.

      Reply
  • 37. Kelvin M. Knight's blog  |  September 22, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Sounds as though they were soul mates!

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    • 38. plaridel  |  September 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

      kelvin:

      they might as well be. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 39. Keith's Ramblings  |  September 22, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I have a pair of shoes that have walked the world with me, literally from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal and way beyond. No way will my travelling companions ever end up in a recycling bin!

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • 40. plaridel  |  September 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

      keith:

      i fully respect the sentiment. πŸ™‚

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  • 41. rgayer55  |  September 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’ve had some shoes I felt that way about. Touching send off.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

      russell:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 43. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  September 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I loved the sentiment in this. Nice take on the prompt.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

      cindy:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 45. Tracey@MyBajaKitchen.com and TraceyDelaplainMD.com  |  September 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

    At first I thought you were writing about a pet. I’m so glad you didn’t throw a beloved dog in the recycle bin. It is funny how we get attached to things.
    Tracey

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    • 46. plaridel  |  September 23, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      tracey:

      i’d never do that to a dog or even stuff animal. yes, we can get attached to things. no problem with that. it’s just we need to learn to let go. πŸ™‚

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  • 47. Liz Young  |  September 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

    The trouble with favourites is that they wear out faster.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  September 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

      liz:

      i’m afraid that’s how it goes. πŸ™‚

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  • 49. granonine  |  September 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Well, now. I’m wondering what he’s recycling–his dog or his shoes? Good one πŸ™‚

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    • 50. plaridel  |  September 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

      linda:

      of course, it’s the shoes. πŸ™‚

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  • 51. Siobhan McNamara  |  September 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    A lovely take on the prompt. I always feel sad when shoes have to go in the bin

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    • 52. plaridel  |  September 26, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      siobhan:

      thank you. it’s nice to know you’re back. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 53. Ritika  |  September 29, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Sweet story…. We get connected to worldly things in different ways. I keep accumulating so many stuffs….can relate to the feeling πŸ™‚

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    • 54. plaridel  |  September 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

      ritika:

      somehow we need to learn to travel light. the more we accumulate, the heavier the burden. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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