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My Daughter’s Tap Shoes

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We ducked into the dimly lit thrift shop to get out of the rain. Like so many things since our daughter’s birth, I hadn’t planned on a trip to this place. But I figured we’d see what they had since we were there.
“Hi, today is stuff a bag day. Would you like one?” The clerk asked.
“What is stuff a bag day?”
“You take a bag and stuff it with what ever you want and it’s only $3. Best deal in town.”
“Okay, sounds great,” I said, despite the fact I hadn’t planned on buying anything.
I took my six-year-old daughter’s hand and we started to wander around. Suddenly there was a tug on my hand and my attention was being directed to the shoe section. She shares my weakness for shoes, so we stopped for a minute to look . I let go of her hand and she reached out to touch a pair of shiny black shoes with a strap and silver buckle.
“Buy me?” She inquired.
“Oh, Sweetie, they are tap shoes. You aren’t taking tap.”
“Buy me?” She repeated.
“Well, let’s try them on.”
She sat on the floor and removed her bright pink rain boots, with Barbie on the sides, and easily slid the new shoes on. A perfect fit. When she stood up she heard “click.” She took a step. Click, Click. Slowly recognition dawned , as she made the connection between the shoes and her moving feet. Click, Click, Click.
“Buy me?” With a hopeful look in her eyes.
“Okay Sweetie, take them off and put them in the bag.”
We looked around some more and got a few T-shirts, pants, books and games and a naked baby doll. Well, it’s stuff a bag day—might as well get my money’s worth, I said to myself. The sun had come back out as we emerged from our little side trip and we continued on our way. As we were near the car, Amara reached for the bag. As she climbed into the back seat, I gave her the bag wondering what treasure she was looking for. The shoes, of course. She was my daughter after all.

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