September 11, 2012 Dear God,
I’ve tallied the shoes I own. Here’s what I found:
7 pairs of flats
7 pairs of summer sandals
1 pair of running shoes
3 pairs of flip flops
1 pair of Keens
2 pairs of casual tennis shoes
3 pairs of heels
1 pair of rain boots
Not to worry, Lord. I was as honest as I could be in performing this task and also inventoried the shoes stored in the bins of winter clothes.
2 pairs of snow boots
1 tall pair of dress boots
1 short pair of dress boots
For any remaining indiscretions, I hope you’ll understand that there wasn’t time to search the entire house last night. It was getting late.
I seem to remember a conversation I had with a friend several years back. No doubt you have record of it. I had insisted to her that I owned no more than 7 pairs of shoes. Clearly, this is not the case. I confess that one of three things must have happened:
- I severely underestimated the number of shoes I owned.
- I lied.
- I’ve accumulated more shoes since the time of the conversation.
I am not sure what to say in my defense. In fact, I’m quite sure I have none. And it puzzles me why I have begun in this way at all, with the shoe tally. Was the number supposed to make me feel bad? good?
I suppose there are any number of comparisons I might wish to draw. (Imelda Marcos comes to mind.) But I have a feeling you’re not as interested in those as I am.
In any case, the real point of this letter is to ask for your help in providing for all the bare feet in the world. I mean the kids who will contract tetanus this year because rusty nails have pierced through their paper-thin soles – the kids who’ll suffer injury and infection because wounds on their feet simply won’t heal. Or maybe, Lord, if you could only help those children who’ll need a sturdy pair of shoes to attend school this year.
And if I could ask a small thing for myself, I might wish to care more for the world's feet. And to buy fewer shoes.
It’s been good to write. I hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely Your Servant,
Jen Pollock Michel
P.S. Doesn't it say somewhere in the Bible, “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news?” If you could include that reference in your reply, I’d be ever so grateful. Many thanks.
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