I walked into this shoe store fully intending to buy $40.00 New Balance sneakers asking the salesperson to direct me to these shoes. The first shoes drawing my attention were $65 New Balance leather sneakers; would you call them cross trainers? I walked to Marjorie to ask if we could afford these with $20 arch inserts. and she responded, ” I better not hear about shoes for at least a year.” I am beholden to Marjorie for just about everything, and this was the second pair in as many days. The first had been orthotics which had included $50 innersouls and $70 Dr Comfort shoes. So, rightly so she was angry because my money went to pay an extravagant charge account. She gave me $60 dollars a week, the rest of my Social Security going toward bills, but this time I took advantage knowing that we probably had the money in the bank. Coming home I was able to wangle a second pair of shoes making the total come to about $220, and even though I knew this was too much, I reasoned that if she bought herself a pair of cheaper shoes, everything would be alright. She didn’t bite because I was pushy, and she found nothing in her size she liked.
At 4:30 a.m. the next morning I read the story of Jesus washing the feet of the Disciples, and I cried because of the jerk I had been the next day vowing to never judge my wife again. As she woke to check on me, I cried out my sincere apology and said I should go back to bed. I read a story of a woman who advised the milder sentence perpetrated upon her as a horrific crime. The young man wept into this understanding woman’s arms, and I cried all the harder. How could I have failed as a Christian, and I vowed to never judge my precious Marjorie again. But, only God can know if I will, or if I have truly changed for the better.
Charles Taylor C 2018