Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Shoesy-Shoesy

After buying some new shoes, my anticipation heightens until I can get them home, open up the box, take the shoes out, put them to one side, root around in the box until finally I come across the small packet labelled 'Silica Gel'. Every time, though, I am thwarted and disappointingly have to put it to one side and start lacing up the shoes, because, every time I get the silica gel packet, I'm confronted with the spoilsport words, 'Do Not Eat', ruining my fun. Bah.

Even worse is the only instruction: 'Throw Away'. So blunt that you daren't disobey it. It's the only thing standing between me and a cupboard full of hoarded silica gels that I'm not allowed to eat.

Each time I get new shoes, I also get to remember with fondness how lacing up your shoes in a non-approved fashion-failing way would be merely the prelude to ridicule and abuse as a child. If you were looking for a positive thing to say about bullying, you can definitely say that it instills a sense of correctness and attention to detail in the victim.

Ah, shoes. They sure are evocative things. Just be glad I haven't gone on about shoe boxes yet.

5 comments:

  1. In this day and age, surely the manufacturer ought to throw away the Silica Gel for you in order to reduce the packaging.

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  2. You make me laugh Jim!

    Talking of shoes, I still need to arrange a meeting with you about some boots...

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  3. You're dead right. Shoe boxes are worse. It's enough to make you take to Wellingtons.

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  4. Dear Jim. Please update this blog because my lunchtimes are getting very boring.
    Yours impatiently,
    Keri

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