Jane’s Christmas Shoes
Christmas time was coming soon. Jane was only seven years old, but she felt like a big girl. She stood in her mom’s red High heeled shoes that she found in the closet at home and walked around with them on her feet. She nearly tripped doing that last week, and her dad giggled along with her as he caught her in his arms.
“Your mom doesn’t even wear those Red shoes anymore,” he said to her, “so you can have them, Jane.”
How Jane loved those high heeled shoes. She wore them around the house, snuck them In her backpack to wear at school and even kept them under her blanket with her when she went to bed each night.
Then, last week, on the car ride home from school, Jane asked her mom why there was a lady walking on the sidewalk in Sandals.
“That’s silly, mom,” Jane said from the car’s backseat. “That woman doesn’t even know it’s winter and her feet will be cold. Why doesn’t she have proper warm shoes on like I do?”
Jane’s mom didn’t respond as she drove them home. Once back at their house, she took Jane to the couch and explained to her That the woman was homeless, which meant the woman didn’t have enough money to buy winter shoes.
Jane looked at her mom with wide eyes, as she had not heard of the word “homeless” before. “I’m sorry she’s without a home like us,” Jane said and looked around at the large living room full of toys, a couch, and a TV. “But Mom you have so many shoes in the closet that dad says you don’t wear anymore. How come you have so many, and that woman has none?”
Jane’s mother looked at her with tears in her eyes. “You’re right, Jane,” she said. “We’ll do something about this!”
And, with those words, she walked to the hall closet, took out her warmest boots and put them in a plastic bag. “Let’s go take these to that woman,” she said to Jane.
Jane smiled really big And then said to her mom, “Just one minute!”
The young girl raced to her bedroom and lifted the bed sheets. There were the fantastic red heels. Jane picked them up and took them with her to her mom. “Let’s give these to her too.”
Jane’s mom gave her a big hug, as she knew how much those heeled Shoes meant to the little girl. “Are you sure, honey?”
Jane responded without hesitation, “Yes, mom. Christmas is for giving.”
©2014 Christy Birmingham
I hope you are all having a wonderful month! The Christmas spirit of giving is all around us and don’t be shy about being a part of it 🙂 Many smiles to all of you, just like the girl has in this short story about Christmas time!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate it ♥