Big Cousins and Little Boots; Choosing to Repair Instead of Toss.
One of the lovely things about being from a large family, is the cousins. Cousins are built-in friends. I have a collection of close cousins and many distant cousins, each unique and lovable in their own way.
Growing up we saw each other regularly. We played sports together, we played pranks together, we went swimming, canoeing, skating and sledding together, we were in clubs and theater plays together, and we got into trouble together…sometimes lots of trouble together.
We also passed clothes down to each other, back in the day when we were growing so fast that we were in a new size every year.
Because our family is so large we have a vast age difference between my oldest cousin and my youngest cousin. A few of my younger cousins are closer to Cubby in age, then I am to them.
She loves them.
Every time we see them they shower her with a batch of outgrown clothes, dress up accessories and other small toys they have outgrown and think she will like.
For awhile, Cubby wore them with everything. Probably, in part because they were a gift, and “new” to her and also because she is into everything “fashionable” as she calls it, wondering out loud if this or that makes her look older.
While running errands and admiring the clicking noise they make on the floor of every smooth surface, the heal and sole of one boot came completely detached. At first my mind just accepted that they were trash. What a pity it was going to be, to add them to a landfill for eternity.
Then my mother reminded me of the shoe repair store in the neighboring county. I had never thought to repair a shoe, I just bought a new pair when I needed too. I did not realize I had another option!
Oh silly me!
I am sure just one or two generations ago, a shoe repair business was a common profession and the first thought when a shoe was deamed unwearable.
So cheers to family and sharing,
boots and local businesses
and of course,
cheers to saving one more thing from entering a landfill before its time.