It’s easy to laugh at someone else when they do something silly, forgetful, or just plain stupid. I don’t think there’s any harm in it as long as the “someone” is laughing too. Then you’re laughing “with” them rather than “at” them.
On a weekend fishing trip one summer, Gary and I had fished for trout on the lake and stopped to stretch our legs on a gravelly beach at the mouth of a creek that fed into the lake.
After a while, a fish jumped and made quite a big splash at the mouth of the creek. Gary grabbed his flyrod and cast towards the ripples the fish had left.
The fish was a tease, jumping repeatedly, just out of reach. No problem, high gumboots meant Gary could wade into the water and get closer.
But not quite close enough. Gary is a good flyline caster but still, the fly landed just a little bit short each time.
“Aw…darn,” he said. “My boot has a leak. Oh well, might as well go in a bit farther. I’m already wet. I think I can get close enough. Darn it all! Should’ve brought my waders.”
Persistence paid off, and the fish was hooked and released. Now for a well-deserved rest on the gravel bed. The rocks warmed the fisherman with the wet pants and sopping wet feet.
As he lay down on the gravel to soak up some warmth, I took his photo and noticed….
Not only was there a split in the bottom of one boot — the cause of the leak — but the boots were for two left feet. Somewhere at home in the garage were boots for two right feet.
This may seem to be a whole other topic, but I assure you the chapters are related.
I have troublesome feet, so I wear orthotic inserts. I also have had trouble finding comfortable shoes, so when I discovered some Brooks runners that fit my feet comfortably, I bought them and wore them happily nearly every day. At last they started to look slightly worn. I went back to the same store and bought exactly the same thing again. Well, they were ever so slightly different in colour, but basically the same shoe. One would be my good pair and the other the “beater” pair. See the “beaters” below.
For now, until I would get a second pair of orthotic inserts, I put my orthotics into the shoes I wore most often (the beater pair). Last summer I bought a pair of Costco Dr. Scholl inserts as spares for the time being and put them in my new runners.
The other day I put on my shoes to go out. The left one was a bit tight, so I loosened the laces. That was better. I was going to loosen the right shoelace as well, but then I realized that, although it was snugly laced, it was comfortable as it was.
“Hmm…I wonder why that is.” My right foot should be bigger if anything, and a tighter squeeze, so why is that shoe more comfortable?” I put my weight on one shoe and then the other. Definitely, the right shoe felt better on my feet. I had a closer look. You can take a look too. Do you see what I see?
When I discovered what I was wearing, I went looking for my other pair of runners. In the garage was a pair of Brooks, as mismatched as the ones on my feet, but my mumbled “OMG” got louder when I discovered that the “odd couple” in the garage had the Costco Dr. Scholl’s inserts in them. Remember, I had bought these inserts months ago, so if there was one Dr. Scholl’s in each of these shoes, they must have been like this since last summer.
Gradually a growing horror dawned on me. I had been wearing mismatched shoes since last summer and this is now almost December! I thought of all the places I had been and the homes where I visited and took my shoes off at the door.I had even been to the doctor to get a referral for new orthotics! “OMG! OMG! OMG!”
It must be my punishment for laughing at Gary’s two left feet.
November 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm
November 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Embarrassing to think of all the times I was mismatched! Is this part of getting old?
November 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm
I’m laughing with you. Great story! 🙂
November 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm
Thanks for reading. Glad you got a chuckle out of it.
November 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Laughing my head off!
November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Good. Thought it wouldn’t hurt to have a laugh at my expense.
November 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm
That’s not as bad as the woman who came to work wearing two completely different shoes. She had tried one of each on (same heel height) to see which looked better with her outfit and forgot to change one of the shoes so she’d have a matched pair.
November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Do I know that woman?
November 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm
I believe I was with you when the very first pair of “happy feet” was purchased at Fairhaven Runners. BTW..orthotics rule!
November 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Yes, you were!! Thank you for turning me on to Fairhaven Runners in Bellingham. Next time I’ll have to be sure to get a pair that matches my old ones exactly.
November 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm
I guess now “the shoe’s on the other foot”, huh!
November 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm
LOL Very good, Terry! For sure it is!
November 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm
I wonder if anyone else actually noticed? More often than not Linda and I will find a good comfy shoe and imediatrly buy a second pair in case you don’t find them again. .. now you have me worried I might have done the same as you… well I never noticed, so did anyone else?
November 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm
The trouble is that the kind of people who notice are not the ones who would kindly tell you about it – they’d tell others.
November 29, 2014 at 12:37 am
My dear Mum bought a pair of walking boots for a safari holiday in Africa and happily wore them for the next five years every time we went for a walk. It wasn’t until I borrowed them one day that I noticed one was a size 39, the other a 43!
November 29, 2014 at 9:12 am
Oh! That’s a hoot!
November 29, 2014 at 1:14 am
I had a good laugh, thanks for the fun story.
November 29, 2014 at 9:14 am
Glad you liked it Ursula.
November 29, 2014 at 5:56 am
So which of those were your best foot forward? Ha. Laughing with you over here. 🙂
November 29, 2014 at 9:13 am
I think we both have to learn to put our best foot forward after those “faux pas.”
November 29, 2014 at 8:08 am
We all do crazy, similar things in our life. I went to school one day with mismatched earrings and didn’t notice until a student remarked on it. I was slightly embarrassed!.
November 29, 2014 at 9:16 am
You could have said you were starting a cool new trend. 😉
November 29, 2014 at 8:55 am
That makes one shoe that’s still brand new, doesn’t it?
November 29, 2014 at 9:17 am
Good point! Next year I should switch and wear one of each pair, only the other way around.
December 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm
December 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm
If it’s any consolation they look similar – it’s a great two-part story with a good plot!
December 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm
Thank you, Meg. 😉
December 3, 2014 at 7:36 am
So funny, I always end up in the water if I do not bring my waders. Cute story. Nice to meet your blog. 😉 Cheers.
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December 3, 2014 at 8:36 am
That’s dedication, when you don’t mind getting wet to go after a fish.
December 8, 2014 at 9:35 am
Conclusion: If you bought new shoes, throw out old ones. :-)))))
December 8, 2014 at 9:46 am
That would be the smart thing to do. Usually I use the old ones for the garden and the newer ones for going out, but as it turned out, the older ones were more comfortable…at least… one of them was!
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December 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm
I laughed out loud at this second part, which certainly made sense once you figured it out. It was definitely an instance of “paybacks” from teasing the hubby…
December 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Oh, that humble pie had a bitter taste!!! 😉