Tuesday, January 26

Lesson #56 - Always Have Two Pairs Of Shoes Handy

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Welcome to "Transient Tuesdays"...I am glad that you decided to stop by! Have a seat, kick up your feet and enjoy this week's post from The Frog Mama. From living in Mulletville to getting her blog hijacked by Frog Man...this lady tells it like it is. Below is her experience in her boss's shoes!!!

One day, not so long ago, my boss looked at my feet and asked, "What size shoe do you wear?" When I told her "seven and a half," she took off her shoes and handed them to me, then looked expectantly at my feet.

Apparently she needed to run an errand and her shoes were giving her blisters so she wanted to borrow mine for a few hours.

Ew, ew, and ew again.

There are certain things that skeeve me out; sharing shoes is one of them. Also on the list? Sharing straws, gum, and spoons (but oddly, not forks). The words "moist" and "washcloth." The sound of anything liquid poured into a cup, especially milk. Listening to someone sing in an intimate setting (I get embarrassed for them, even if they're doing well). And eating homemade baked goods at work functions (I can't get past the image of people in their bathrobes and curlers licking their fingers).

I did what I could to dissuade my boss—I claimed that my feet were sweaty, my shoes uncomfortable, my stumpy heels…stumpy—but she wouldn't hear it. She whipped out a bottle of Shower to Shower, sprinkled my shoes, and fled.

So there I was, stripped of my one-inch-heeled, Nine West, four seasons' old black shoes and upgraded to her five-inch-heeled, designer lacey strap-ons.

You know how you liked to walk around the house in your mom's (or dad's) shoes when you were a kid? How it made you feel kind of big and badass? That's kind of how I felt: abnormally taller, wobblier, and badder (after I got over the initial skeeve factor). The heels didn't exactly go with my outfit (I may live in Mulletville but I don't usually pair hooker heels with gray pants and a cardigan) but yah, I strutted around like a happy little rooster.

Then she came back. Barefoot.

"I thought my shoes were bad," she said.

She put my shoes on my desk and waited for me to hand over the goods, which I did, albeit reluctantly. My shoes looked kind of sad and forlorn after that. Kind of librarianish. Kind of ew.

But hey, I learned a valuable lesson that day. If you want a raise from your boss, let her walk a mile in your shoes.

27 comments:

Little Ms Blogger said...

Wow. That's a bit rude or maybe it's because I'm from a New England state and we believe in personal boundaries.

You don't have an issue with someone sharing your toothbrush? That's a big NO in my book.

BigSis said...

Really, talk about issues with personal boundaries? At least she gave you good blog fodder!

confused homemaker said...

I would have said NO and probably have cried at the mere suggestion of sharing my shoes. So awful. I feel a need to shower at the thought.

JennyMac said...

I let my BFF share my shoes..that is IT.

Multiple personalities.. said...

Wow! I've never quite seen such an actual translation of walking in someone else's shoes. That's pretty cool. I'm with you though, I'm not keen on sharing shoes too often. Hey, at least you got to strut around a little in some swanky heels. :-)

Tina Lane said...

I think I might be ruined for homemade cookies forever. I hadn't considered all that licking and the curlers. Yuck.

Hooker heels? They have their place in the world. If you were strutting it sounds like you handled them just fine.

Jesslyn said...

NOBODY wears my shoes. My mom, sisters, and most friends all have wider feet than I do and they would screw up the fit.

Way more fun to have been in her hooker heels for at least a few minutes! :)

Kristin said...

Shut up. That is WEIRD. I can't believe she asked that of you. You're a trooper!

Helene said...

Well, that's a lesson learned for sure! And there's a reason why I never take my kids bowling...the thought of putting on a pair of shoes that tons of other people have put their sweaty feet in makes my toes curl.

Juliana said...

EWWWWW. I get so freaked out when we have to take our shoes off at the airport and think of all those gross toes where my feet are. I am really neurotic about cleaning and feet. I exfoliate everyday, have them painted ALWAYS and lotion. I cannot stand seeing rough feet and sharing sweaty shoes grossness.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Uhm Ew. Totally a no-go on my part!

The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

I get embarrassed for those singing to another person in intimate settings. I cringe. So glad hubby isn't musically talented!

Tamara
www.theunexperiencedmom.com

Tiffany said...

um, that is utterly disgusting. never. no. can't do it.

and the sight of people sharing chewed gum makes me want to vomit.

Margaret said...

That is weird. If my boss asked me to borrow my shoes I would laugh at her.

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

ha. Cute story, but that is kind of gross. That is why everyone should keep a pair of flats in their office or under their desk! DUH! No brainer! I think I have 6 pairs of shoes in my office...what? I ran out of closet space at home! And, I like to be prepared so I never have to do what THAT boss did! :)

loving_wife said...

For the first time in a LONG time, I am happy to be the only woman in my office!!!!! :)

Krissi said...

I can't believe your boss actually did that! But love the last line! Well said! ;-)

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

EWWWWWWWW. And LOL at "moist" ... me too. Even typing it makes me shudder.

Amy said...

what a great lesson to learn. I think someone should walk in my shoes some days.. Have a great day.

Chelle said...

Haha! She sounds insane--but I think I may love her taste in shoes.

I totally laughed at the word 'moist'...haha! And I hate hearing people sing to one another all romantic like...for some reason the first thought that comes to mind is 'ewwww'...Ew!

xoxo and I hope she didn't steal your shoes today...

Cop Mama said...

Now that is crazy! Who would do that!

Too funny, you can really tell a story well :-)

Amanda said...

I cannot imagine someone asking me to borrow my shoes at work. And for her boss to do it? How awkward.

Seems like Frog Mama handled it well though. Kudos!

Bowmanh23 said...

EEEEWWW! Gross! I feel so bad for you and your shoes!

Theta Mom said...

OMG!!!!! I can follow blogs again!!!!!!! Following!

Erin said...

That is gross and would've skeeved me out, too. I also think she was really rude about it when she returned!

Holly said...

My boss borrowed my car once..only after asking what kind of car I drove..so that he would not be embarassed...but shoes...that is ODD!

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