For most people shoes aren't a big deal. I've had foot surgeries, physical therapy and the promise of more surgery, shoes are important for this kindergarten teacher. Most days I only sit down to read a story. I own many pairs of shoes but for most school days you'll find me wearing a pair of lace up running shoes.
I work in a low income school and many students wear used shoes. When my students show me their shoes, often purchased at thrift shops and garage sales, I feel a tug at my heart at the joy they display for meager blessings. I recently got some new sneakers with blue accents, I didn't realize how often I'd worn my favorite pink running shoes, as I modeled with my students my wondering of what I should write about several hands shot up, they all agreed, I should write about my new shoes.