For some reason, the idea of doing an episode of GG Sprinkles on shoes just occurred to me on a whim. Well, a whim and my realization that I hadn’t charged my light-up shoes in a while. And that started my taking stock of my shoe collection. I’m not talking about expensive trendy shoes they might wear in the show Sex and the City. Nope, I’m talking about weird shoes that might sparkle, shine, boast vivid colors, light up—or all of the above. In my defense (should I need one), when I broke my ankle a couple of years ago and was depressed that healing didn’t happen overnight as I’d hoped, my husband encouraged me to buy a few pairs of shoes that could serve as goals to get me up and moving in hopes that they would look as good on my feet as they did in their boxes. Those were some pretty obnoxiously gaudy shoes. And I loved them all.
But I can’t claim the ankle as my only excuse for owning interesting shoes. It’s very much who I am. So I charged my light-up shoes (naturally) and dug my most interesting of all my interesting shoes out of my closet and out from under my bed. I wrote a poem about all types of shoes, the many different materials they’re made of, and their various purposes. But I wanted to go a bit further and talk about the benefits of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, as the saying goes. I didn’t think the kids who watch our episodes were too young to grasp the idea of putting themselves in someone else’s place, to understand where another person is coming from, how and why they’re thinking and feeling. I wanted to convince them to try to see things from another’s point of view. That resulted in a second poem about walking a mile in another’s shoes.
I showed the kids my various shoes, including the ruby slippers my daughter Katie made me a sequin at a time and which look eerily and beautifully like the movie shoes, and then read the relevant poetry. It turned out to be a fun episode, and it was well received by parents who watched it. I wish I were better at practicing what I preach when it comes to walking a mile in other people’s shoes, though. I try, of course. At least I have some pretty cool shoes to walk around in while I work to be a better me. And they really do light up. ❤️