Monday, June 9, 2008

Art Box Number 1 - Helen

Art Box, Helen

O ne evening while driving home on Shevlin Park Road, just before the curves going down to the river, I passed a shoe in the middle of the road. My curiosity was peaked so I turned the car around and drove back to the shoe sighting. Shoes and boxes were scattered everywhere. I was able to retrieve 2 very nice pairs of size 6 ½ soft leather, Anne Klein, low heeled shoes; one pair light blue and the other black, as well as 2 clear acrylic boxes marked: “shoes, green” and “shoes, red”. Driving home I wondered about the demise of these shoes. Was some young lady with petite feet driving away from a tortured life so fast that these shoes were flung out of the car? Was a young couple on their way to a new home and these shoes just slipped off the back of the truck? The original shoe owner was obviously a very meticulous and organized fanatic to have marked each box so carefully but where were the red and green pairs of shoes? The history of the shoes will remain a mystery, but the moment I received Helen’s box I knew right away that she would get the blue shoes.

I kept the shoes for several years, showing them off occasionally to my friends. “Hey look at these cool shoes I found on the side of the road”. And when they asked what I would do with them, I said I didn’t know but someday I will have the perfect use for them. My 2 teenaged daughters tried desperately to get them to fit but the sweet size of 6 ½ was a fleeting moment in their foot life.

Even though Helen talked a lot about loving the stars and heavens and being up high, I could tell that she is a woman with her feet secure to the ground. But her box is now suspended above the shoes, thanks to the help of my husband and his shop tools. My impression of Helen is that she is very sure of herself and is someone that has been places and is going places so I wanted to give her Art Box a sure foot to get started on and since her favorite color is blue, of course she gets the blue shoes.

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