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New Shoes MAG

March 3, 2009
By Christina DiSomma SILVER, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Christina DiSomma SILVER, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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Mom brought home a new pair of shoes today. “I found a new job!” she trilled happily. “I'm going to clown school!”

Now, before you get totally confused, let me explain a few things about my mother. First of all, she is quite possibly the most transient person I know. She changes jobs more often than a lot of people change their socks. Clown school, apparently, was just the next thing in line.

“I start next week,” she explained excitedly. “The receptionist said that most clowns graduate within six months, and then you have a practically guaranteed income!”

If my mother managed to make it through the first six weeks of clown school, I'd be extremely surprised; her actually graduating would be on a par with the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

“Sounds good, Mom,” I said, then returned to my homework. Thank goodness numbers and formulas aren't as changeable as my mother or I'd be in serious trouble.

Monday rolled around, and my mother really did head off to clown school. She came home that night eager to continue her training. She bubbled over with stories of people she'd met and hilarious anecdotes that the teacher (also a clown) had told. I smiled, secretly wondering how long this would last.

By now I am very used to my mother's grand schemes. She'd get extremely excited about a project and then drop it after a few weeks when she discovered “it just wasn't my thing.” Each one, it seemed, began with a new pair of shoes. Over the years I'd seen her bring home '50s saddle shoes (waitress), classy black high-heeled pumps (realtor's assistant), clay-spotted plastic sandals (potter), and waterproof tennis shoes (river-rafting guide). That particular expedition ended with her drenched and bruised after a tumble out of the raft, declaring, Scarlett O'Hara style, that she “would never go rafting again!” She always started out excited and then grew bored. I thought she should find a job she was bored with from the start, so maybe, by the end, she would be happy just to be working.

Soon, though, days turned into weeks, and clown school inched its way toward becoming my mother's longest-lasting obsession. She certainly seemed happy, smiling more and more as she got closer to graduation. I began to think cautiously that this one might stick; after all, everyone had to settle down eventually, didn't they? This thought became more solidified as time passed and no new shoes appeared.

Then disaster struck. Shortly before she was to graduate and become a full-fledged entertainer, Mom brought home a new pair of shoes.

“Guess what!” she called out. “I found a new job!”

I sighed. I knew it couldn't last. I didn't bother to ask what or why; I just picked up her clown shoes and put them in the closet with the other discarded ruins of my mother's jobs. Then I headed downstairs, ready to be once again enthusiastic about my mother's new pair of shoes.

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This article has 16 comments.

on Nov. 3 2013 at 9:41 am
Alex_Mac BRONZE, Osler, Other
3 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
― Audrey Hepburn

Extremely original and funny. I thought it was great! The amount of details you supplied was perfect and the story moved on at brisk pace. Good work!

on Sep. 3 2011 at 3:44 pm
star2brite SILVER, Amherst, New Hampshire
7 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul."--Aldous Huxley

I like this a lot, very funny with an undertone of something like disappointment or exasperation. Well written.

on Sep. 3 2011 at 9:33 am
dia.dreamer GOLD, Kochi, Other
10 articles 0 photos 145 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - Sylvia Plath

awww, this was so cute and funny and heart-warming. I absolutely loved this piece!!! it's the kind that you come home after a long day and read and you just feel better already! you made me smile. :)

I LOVE the shoes idea. It's just sooo original!!! :DD

keep writing. :)

on Aug. 12 2011 at 4:22 pm
billgamesh11 BRONZE, Grafton, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 278 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's always darkest before the dawn." ~Florence and the Machine

I loved the whole theme with the shoes! That was really original! This definitely deserved to be published!!!:):):);)

on Jul. 21 2011 at 3:33 am
Alex_Durham GOLD, Vineland, New Jersey
14 articles 1 photo 234 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Aww this was really cute!!! Great idea! So original. Good job! :-)

on May. 2 2011 at 6:18 pm
Music-Tricks-Love SILVER, New York, New York
7 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Your braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

I loved this peice. This stroy was fantastic!

on Nov. 28 2010 at 12:56 pm
kaylynshaw GOLD, Centralia, Washington
15 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"always be your and go to the best of your ability because you have one life"

This is a great story; great job; great work. If you have any tips for me to get better at writing please let me know.

on Jul. 14 2010 at 2:47 pm
pageturner PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
34 articles 0 photos 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
It's okay to daydream.. just as long as you get to do some of those daydreams.

Nice story. I liked the way you made what is normally an everyday object into something more personal

on May. 29 2010 at 6:33 am
PrincessPineapple GOLD, Chesapeake, Virginia
18 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To love someone is to learn the song that is in their heart, and sing it to them when they have forgotten." ~unknown

this is awesome! i love how the daughter is mature while the mom isn't.

on Apr. 15 2010 at 3:19 pm
CanYouSeeTheCrazy PLATINUM, Cle Elum, Washington
21 articles 0 photos 125 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I know why everyone in this world is so desperate to find love."
"Oh yeah? Why then?"
"Because, it's the closest thing we have to magic."

haha! this is hilarious, i love the mom! =]

very interesting, unique, definitely no something no one else has ever thought of. very good.

stormie. GOLD said...
on Feb. 8 2010 at 4:11 pm
stormie. GOLD, Toronto, Other
14 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
ѕcаттεя мε аcяоѕѕ тнε ѕкy; аи∂ juѕт lιкε а ѕтая, ι'll ѕнιиε fоя yоu.♥

interesting story. i enjoyed it very much!! unique concept, and amazing writing skills!! :) it's a cute story!! :D is this about your own mother, or someone else you knew??

on Dec. 26 2009 at 8:48 pm
pandaLICIOUS SILVER, Portland, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Nice, and unique idea! Keep up the good work! I really liked this!

on Nov. 17 2009 at 6:52 pm
ajibike PLATINUM, Monroe, Louisiana
27 articles 0 photos 41 comments
Really glad I stumbled upon this. I really enjoyed your work. =)

on Nov. 10 2009 at 7:24 pm
Christina, love, I liked the way you created your characters. Your writing style is natural, and proves true to the way people see others. Congrats on publication, and you ought to read "Opulence" or "A wish for her" to find that my approval is sincere. -Daimon

on Nov. 10 2009 at 2:33 am
crazyHchan SILVER, Nagoya, Other
7 articles 16 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be yourself, everyone else is taken... :)

I love your writing style! Keep up the great work!! :)

Oliviaw BRONZE said...
on Nov. 5 2009 at 5:35 pm
Oliviaw BRONZE, West Cola, South Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Screwed down for life." ---Iowa Bob, The Hotel New Hampshire

A. Great story

B. Great picture