I believe every gilr is dreaming of having lots of pretty shoes- dress shoes, boots, slippers…Here I wanna share with all of you how a girl loves her rubber rain boots. I am posting her articles because her love from the bottom of her heart really moved me.
I Really Do Love My Rain Boots….
When I was little (I still am in a way, I’m only 5’1″) I remember looking at Sears catalogs and dreaming of being one of the children on the colorful printed pages. Everyone seemed so happy and had a smile on their face, even on pages depicting people stuck outside in a terrible rain storm!!
When I was little and rain began to pour during my walk home from school, I remember running like crazy, dodging into front porch landings along the way! By the time I reached home, my hair was dripping wet, my glasses fogged, I was drenched and shivering cold!! Nothing at all, like the dry, happy little people on the catalog pages!
After ripping off my soggy clothes and throwing them into the bathtub, I dressed into some warm, dry clothes and picked up that Sears catalog my parents so proudly displayed on the counter. I remember one particular time, looking through the pages with water dripping down my face. After a moment I realized it was not water, but my tears!! I sat on the bathroom floor, tears streaming down onto the photos, smearing the happy little faces, no longer recognizable!!
I wanted to be one of those people in the catalog… the ones with bright yellow slickers and rubbr rain boots!!! The ones smiling as they splashed around in rain puddles, with never a care in the world! I wanted to be the one with the, brightly colored, floppy hat that kept their hair dry even though raindrops seemed to be raining cats and dogs!
But, I wasn’t one of those, “lucky, special” people who lived on those pages. I wasn’t one of those people who seemed so happy, no matter the challenge they seemed to face. BUT, I WANTED a pair of those rain boots!!!!
In our family of eight, my parents barely had enough money to keep food on the table, let alone, spend money on frivolous items like rubber rain boots!!!! So, I never did get those boots I dreamt about, and I never became one of those people in the Sears catalog!!
But, I did grow up (even though I’m still a wee 5’1″) and I DID GET my RAIN BOOTS!!! I have 44 pair of colorful, ‘make me feel happy’ rain boots!!! And, I look for new and unusual rain boots nearly everyday.
I know I will never be one of those people in the catalog, and happiness is not one dimensional. I know now, it comes from within and does not come from things we buy or accumulate.
It still feels good and stirs up a happy feeling from deep inside, when I see and more so, wear a pair of my happy little rain boots!!! Not only do they keep my feet warm and dry, they bring a smile to my face each time I look down at my feet; the child inside is finally satisfied and happy to have rubber rain boots like the ones in the catalogs!