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Instead of shoes…

pile of shoesSometimes Aunty has to brush the dirt off her shoulder, so this will be the beginning of “Auntyisms”.

Aunty cannot understand shoeaholics since her 2 pairs of Crocs are her go-to foot wear.  Crocs have the advantage of comfort, style, and long lasting durability.  The 3 year old black pair and 1 year old cheetah print pair will last forever and keep Aunty in style, iao (in Aunty’s opinion).

Joe (name change for anonymity), a daughter’s boyfriend, is in town. He is over 6 feet tall with shoes that look like bread loaves and in his first 2 days here, 5 pairs of his shoes are cluttered by the front door.  His plan for day 2 was to go shoe shopping.

Come to find out, he has the same fetish as Imelda Marcos – he is a shoeaholic – and he buys about 10 new pairs of shoes every year for his pleasure factor.  These are not cheap shoes – they are name brand athletic shoes or good quality shoes that are trendy.

Well, Aunty could not hold back.

“Joe…..”, says Aunty, “what will you have in 10 years if you buy 10 pairs of shoes a year?”

Aunty answered for Joe.  “You will have a hundred pairs of used shoes.”

Aunty’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad mentality had kicked into gear, and unwanted advice poured out in the form of a valuable lesson (iao) that the receiver doesn’t really want to learn.

“What would you have if you were to buy a silver or gold coin instead of a pair of shoes?”  Again, Aunty answered for Joe.  “In 10 years, you will have 100 silver or gold coins.”

The result of this conversation was that the pile of his big shoes disappeared for the rest of his visit and shopping bags were whisked out of sight before this opinionated Aunty would opine.

Imelda Marcos would not have heeded Aunty either, but then, Imelda Marcos could afford all those shoes as well as hoard gold – or so we have been led to suspect after the Marcos regime ended.

Of course, it is easier to preach than it is to practice.  It may take time to be able to actually see and believe in the benefits of investing/saving over spending, but slowly, over time, with commitment to one’s future, gold will win out over old shoes, don’tcha think?


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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Comments (2)

  • Musings

    You and I really think alike. I have one pair of Croc slipper/sandals (I don’t know what they are exactly) that I wear all the time. Art has a bunch of shoes because he says he is supposed to change his running shoes every so often. Athletic shoes really don’t last in Hawaii. They really break easily. Something about Hawaii atmosphere and rubber… Strange.

    • Aunty

      I love my Crocs – though they change the styles so I will not have a spare! I wear them so much that they are beginning to look grubby. I have to be careful not to wash them and put them in the sun or they shrink.
      Maybe it isn’t just Hawaii that deteriorates Art’s running shoes. It could also be that the manufacturers purposefully have them fall apart so people have to buy new ones.


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