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  • New shoes are never as good as the old ones. They just don't fit right. They don't feel right. They just don't work as well as the old pair.

    Especially if you've been wearing those old shoes for 20 years or so. But they finally had to go. They were done. They fought the good fight, but the last time I wore them I could barely walk in the grass. The soles were gone. No more lugs to grip. No traction. Since I stand on some steep slopes when I work in the yard, slick soles just won't work. It was time to go.

    The new shoes are not really new. They are new to yard work. They've been in my closet, used for hiking and walking and just general wear. But they are the oldest pair of shoes that I own that are somewhat suitable for working in the yard. They have lugs on the soles.. They are sturdy. They should last a couple of years anyway. Not as long as the last pair, but things like this don't seem to last as long anymore.

    They are not high tops. The old boots were. They don't feel right on my feet as I work. They are not the old shoes.

    A creek runs in front of our house. Keeping the grass down on the banks is a chore that requires negotiating relatively steep banks and at times wade into muddy areas. On their first outing I almost lost the shoes to the mud. These shoes are not the old shoes.

    And now they've been baptized. These shoes will never enter the house again. They are not fit to walk across anything that resembles a clean floor. Muddy. Dirty. And soon will show the green stain that is inevitable with repeated mowings of the grass. At least for me it is inevitable. I often wonder how people keep their shoes clean when mowing grass.

    But soon I will learn these new shoes in their new role. And we will be fine together.

    Change is inevitable. And no mater what that trauma, it seems to work out in the end.
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