goodbye, old friend

There comes a time in every relationship when one needs to re-evaluate where it's going, and if there's still a future together. In the beginning, you fit me like a glove, and there was no friction whatsoever. We went everywhere together - hiking in the mountains, walking in the city, working on friends farms. You supported my efforts, and I, in turn, kept you clean and clothed in the finest Vibram soles and sturdy shoelaces. But now it feels like your mind is elsewhere. You've dropped grommets and tiebacks who knows where, and pinch at my toes if we're together for too long. I've even tried new insoles, hoping that a change of internal scenery would help, but to no avail.

It's been almost twenty years together. I wish there was something more we could do to make this relationship work. In the end, sometimes it's better just to let things go. Goodbye, old friend. You were my first pair of hiking boots, and your memory will be etched in my heart forever.

[too bad they're too big to bronze]


  1. I know just what you mean. I had to leave my childhood sweethart boots (Justin suede with leather toes)So I can understand the bitter sweet parting. Now you have the excitement of looking for new partners in hiking.

  2. @andylynne: I still haven't had the heart to throw the boots into the trash yet!


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