As a child, each September I would get a new pair of school shoes. Not wanting to mar these stunning saddle oxfords in any way, I tried to walk around without bending my toes. Believe me, this feat was no easy task! Adding to this challenge was the fact that I had to walk several blocks to and from elementary school each day.
Needless to say, my effort at unbending ambulation created some difficulties–not to mention teasing from onlookers. So, I finally gave up walking with unbended toes and let the lines form where they may. I found, however, that as the leather softened and the creases and scuffmarks became more apparent, my not-so-new school shoes grew much more comfortable.
I liken this childhood realization to the scuffed, creased body that I now inhabit and its all-too-visible similarity to my old oxfords. Despite its well-worn veneer, I have finally grown to appreciate my body for its years of service, and celebrate this wonder of nature in all of its aging glory. (Okay, I confess, I mean mostly… there are moments when the marring is magnified and the mirror is most definitely not my friend. Trying on swimsuits is a case in point. It is at these times that I calmly and maturely count my blessings and leave the fitting room—post haste!)
However life (and former footwear) can sometimes teach us great lessons. Perhaps it’s because my skin is a lot looser than it once was that I feel far more comfortable in it. And—despite the challenges swimwear presents—this leathery life lesson has held me in good sted. I’ve learned with time and wisdom that the greater the creasing the better the fit!