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January 4, 2014 / Linda Hartong

WINSTON’S SHOES –A CHILD’S TALE FROM CARMEL

Bill and I have a collection of children’s shoes that are left at our cottage. 

On this visit, we find that Danica’s shoes are joined by a pair of baby slippers. 

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We put them together on the dining room table and encourage them to play. Then off we go for a walk. 

The shoes color.

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Then Danica’s shoes share their favorite book. 

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When they finish, Winston’s shoes look for something a little less “pink” to do.

They lift weights but soon tire of that and ask Danica’s shoes how to have an adventure. 

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Her shoes show them a map. “Go into the garden, follow the path to the gate, and turn right”,they say.

Winston’s shoes are quickly on their way. 

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They read a sign that says they are in Carmel-By the Sea and remember Mommy and Daddy talking about it.  They look for the house on the sign.

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and knock on the door. It must be a second home. No one is there. 

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They look at some flowers ( more pink)

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and then follow a tweeting noise to a  small golden bird

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who points them down the path.

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They slip under the garden gate.

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Oh! The feeling of sand beneath their soles feels so good, although they do miss Winston’s warm little toes.

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They go uphill until they find a toy store. A bunny family

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directs them back to the Thomas The Train table. 

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This is more like it! The children at the table are surprised to see a pair of shoes with no owner, but make room for them to play. One little boy reluctantly hands over the train. After a little girl grabs the train back, they decide to move on.

Spotting a dog in a shop window ,they begin to miss their dog at home and decide to get her a gift. 

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A salesmen in a necktie is very helpful

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By now they are hungry right down to their toes and stop at Andre’s Bouchee for onion soup. Yum.

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Feeling more confident about walking ,they try a little skip. The grownups on Ocean Ave. smile at them.

When they do their first hop, two beautiful silver shoes in a store clap for them. Wow!

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They shop in a gallery. They have never seen blue dogs before. Carmel is a magical place.

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and ride on a red Vespa.

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And then ask a grownup in Cole Haan where to go next. 

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He shows them a map and points them down hill to the beach.

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Everyone is very helpful.

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Finally they see THE BEACH!!

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But when they go to the top of the beach stairs……

So steep, so many and they have not learned to climb stairs yet!!

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So they sit on a bench and decide to wait until Daddy comes out again. He can do stairs easily.

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 Climbing a tree they take

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One last look and start back.

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At a fairytale cottage,

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a troll points the way.

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A spider is also helpful.

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The more they walk, the more tricks they try and are soon balancing on gates.

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climbing stone walls, 

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 and peeking into front gardens.

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Home again, they jump to the top of the gate and ring the bell to let Danica know they are home.

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Then drop down to the patio.

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and climb the steps. Winston will be so proud of them. Deep in their soles they know he will quickly outgrow them.

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Still, they hope he will keep them on a shelf in his room and every once in a while remember the good times they had together.

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  1. Carol / Jan 4 2014 4:08 pm

    Linda– I love this! You have captured my “home.” This would make a wonderful children’s book. Perhaps you could sell it as a children’s book and get it published! I know I would buy copies for all the “children” I know. Carol

  2. sandrajaneen / Jan 4 2014 4:34 pm

    Charming and imaginative…

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Amy Wilde / Jan 4 2014 4:40 pm

    Linda – the more I read the more enchanted I became – this would be a sweet children’s book – I have a great niece or nephew ( find out later today ! ) on the way and I would buy this for them . Loved it !
    Thanks for putting a smile on my face today ! Amy

  4. jeanette sclar / Jan 4 2014 5:29 pm

    To adorable! The kids are going to love this story!

  5. lynn momboisse / Jan 4 2014 5:30 pm

    Agreed, great children’s book!!!!! Darling post

  6. Lorrie451 / Jan 5 2014 5:36 pm

    Linda, Another great book in the making! Lorrie

  7. Carolyn / Jan 14 2014 2:57 pm

    Fun!

  8. Susan Fatemi / Apr 16 2014 7:33 pm

    So, so charming. You’ve really captured Carmel, esp. from a child’s point of view. It could be a delightful book.

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