Thursday, June 7, 2012

How Shoes Remind Me of My Grandma

I have some really cute sandals that are beaded.  They make noise when I walk.  This morning I was walking along, and I thought of my Grandma Atkinson.  Every time I wore something that made noise (which probably drove her nuts), she would quote the nursery rhyme: 

"Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes.
She will have music wherever she goes."

When I was a little girl, my grandma had boxes of clothing that she had kept for Halloween costumes.  Some of the costumes she had created for herself and my grandpa were quite elaborate.  She had a really fabulous Cowardly Lion made from corduroy and yarn. 

Besides the Lion, the article I remember the most was this pair of silver stilettos.  At the time that I saw them I was a child in the 1970's, when no one wore stilettos.  I thought they were the funniest shoes I had ever seen.  Now I wish I had them.  :)  I've seen pictures of my stylish grandma when she was a young woman in the 1940's, and I can picture her 40's curls, her hose with a back seam, and her pin skirt, wearing those fabulous stilettos.

In another 20 or 40 years, when stilettos are in style and my grandma has been gone for decades, I will see a random young woman and remember my grandma.