Tuesday, February 13, 2007

She Glued Rhinestones To Her Orthopedic Boot...

... bless her fabulous little heart!!

This from a fellow lover of shoes:

Hello PeaceBang,

Just wanted to tell you about my experience of the ministry of shoes. I like no, love shoes and they are always a topic of conversation with my parishioners on a Sunday morning. They comment on the height of the heel-high and the pointyness of the toes-very. When I broke my toe a week before my ordination, they all lamented as to what I would wear-I hot glued rhinestones to my orthopedic boot and they loved it. Just wanted you to know that I have embraced my shoeness and am not the least embarrassed by it, it just lets me know that my congregation loves me-shoes and all.

Thanks. I knew you'd understand.


Dear D,
Indeed, I do understand. When I broke both of my ankles at the same time in 2000, one of the things that aged me even worse than the pain was the footwear. I couldn't step into a cute shoe or a heel for six months. Come to think of it, I wasn't wearing heels back then. I was living in Maryland and fairly new in the ministry and still reeling from the fact that having a "Rev." before my name seemed to have totally cancelled my attractiveness quotient in the eyes of every man I met. I felt like a frump and I'm afraid I was very much dressing the part.

When I moved back to Massachusetts to be the minister at one of the prettiest churches I have ever seen (the interior of our sanctuary is mauve pink!! How flattering to a girl's complexion!!) , I got some mojo back. My new surroundings were so pritty, I wanted to be pritty! My friend Nathan took me shopping for clothes my second summer here and when he noodged me to buy some heels and I replied that I was too plump to totter around on them, he put his hand on his hip and said, "Honey, if I can wear them, you can wear them!" Nathan, you have to know, is well over 6" tall and is not a slim boy. I've never seen him in drag, but I just know that he's utterly fabulous. I bought a pair of
9 West pumps that day and have never looked back.

Thanks for writing, sugarpie. Take good care of those tootsies.

Kiss of peace,



Blogger Chalicechick said...

That's the only acceptable excuse for wearing rhinestones that I've ever seen...


7:31 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Pictures! We need pictures! Let's see the sparkly boot!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

YAY for you D!! So glad that you found this page!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Bishop Barbara Harris (the epitome of style) broke her ankle - the worst pain she said was wearing those "damn" orthopedic shoes and looking frumpy.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous martinet said...

Dear, I truly hope that Nathan IS more than six inches tall, or there's just no hope for any of us.


(picturing Spinal Tap and their Stonehenge getting trodden on by a dwarf)

5:31 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

:::totally howling::

Oh my God, the Stonehenge thing!!

My bad. Sorry for the typo. Wait 'til I tell Nathan! I will start calling him Teeny Tiny Pocket Nathan.

8:15 PM  

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