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  • During a bicycle exploration of Hillsboro, Oregon, shortly after I moved here from Spokane, Washington, I came across this 'child's' shoe as it lay abandoned in a parking lot.

    The sight of it lying there without it's partner gave rise to remembering a story my mother would tell of a trip the family made to Bloomington, Illinois. The trip, made before I was born, was to visit my father's mother, and the rest of his family there.

    During the course of the trek my oldest sister, then only a small child, entertained herself during the long hours of boredom sitting in the back seat, by waving the contents of her suitcase out of the window like a flag in the wind. Repeatedly, she would lose her grip on the garments, and they fluttered away like feathers falling to the highway behind the car.

    Mom and dad never caught her doing this, and over the many miles traveled, Kathy (my sis), emptied her valise completely. The first thing that had to be done upon the family's arrival at grandma's home, was to shop for new clothes for Kathy. She had not only depleted her own supply of clothes, but made quite a dent in her little sister's (Karen's) clothes as well. Both girls got new clothes for the stay with grandma.

    I couldn't help wondering if some little girl was hoping for some new shoes.
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