Earlier this year (2017), on a Sunday morning, I drove to Church, bounced out of my car and before I walked into the building, I looked down at my feet. To my chagrin, I had on mismatched flats. Both pairs were black but each had a different embellishment so I knew the difference would be noticeable to the inquiring eye.
I dashed back to the car, fervently praying that I had left a pair of matching flats in the trunk! No such luck. The only pair of shoes in the trunk were a pair of my daughter’s stilettos.
Now I love a pair of stilettos. I have written about my womanish stilettos. But, it had been over two years since I’d worn heels (hip and knee issues eventually replaced), so I shuddered at the thought of putting on those shoes. But, in my mind, I had no option, so I teetered my way into the sanctuary.
Everyone expressed surprise that I was not only in heels but in those heels! As I contemplated twenty minutes of standing in those heels, I blurted out my truth, “I wore mismatched flats to church this morning and these were the only shoes in the car!”
After the laughter died down, one young woman said, “I might have some flats you can wear.”
Those flats turned out to be slides topped with fuzzy stuff. At this point, I did not care what anyone might think. At least my feet would be flat on the ground. Fuzzy slides it would be!
Since the day of that mismatch mishap, I make sure my flats match before I walk out the door.
Let us now rewind to this past Sunday.
I again was a part of the Praise/Worship team. I pulled out my flats and intentionally made sure I had matching shoes. When I arrived at the church, I stepped out of the car and looked down at my feet.
Yep, you guessed it! Mismatched. Again. What. The. Hades!
I walked into the church and the first person I encountered, I pointed to my shoes and said, “Yes, I did it again.”
Same mismatched flats! Yes, we all laughed. Again.
I did my best not to care. Didn’t work. I felt like those shoes were screaming, “Hey, look at us! We don’t match!”
When sound check was done, I rushed out of the building to the car to search through the car trunk.
One stiletto that belonged to my daughter, no mate. One black flat, no mate. One black patent leather medium heel, wearable, no mate. One black kitten heel, no mate.
I am not frantic. I am determined. I open a car door to the back seat and I search under the seats. I seem to recall the mates to those wearable heels under the car seats.
Nothing, no mates, no flats, no thing! When did I clean out the car?
I go back to the trunk and begin to tear it apart even more (thank goodness, I don’t have much in my trunk).
After much tossing of stuff aside, I find the mate to the medium heel (at least I hope it”s the mate but at this point I do not care).
Wait. I have not worn heels for Praise/Worship for almost three years. What if I trip! What if I stumble! What if I topple over?
No such incidents, I’m happy to report. I also now realize that I can wear heels on those Sundays I am on the team. However, I am in the comfort-first stage of life, so flats it will continue to be (with an extra pair always in the trunk, just in case).