I've had them for a long time, but they have been in back of my closet, mostly forgotten, for a while.
I found them again recently because I accidentally left my favorite flip flops in Arizona at my mom's house, and she hasn't mailed them back to me yet. I bought them at Old Navy four years ago for $1.50, and it will cost her more than that to mail them, so I should probably let them go. But they are my favorite flip flops. They are a little bit squishy in the right way, and they are bronze. Not a "LOOK AT ME I'M BRONZE" kind of bronze, more like an "I have a slight metallic quality that you might recognize as bronze if you look hard enough, but otherwise I'm just kind of pretty and unassuming" kind of bronze.
In my lack of bronze flip flops, I dug through my closet, and was reunited with my sequin star shoes.
I've been wearing them this month for morning walks, grocery shopping, and errand running. Each task made a little bit more fun when I look down and see a star sparkling up at me. I know it is silly. I don't normally get excited about shoes, but this particular pair has an effect on me.
They make me feel a little extra creative.
A little extra free.
I bought them late on a Friday night after watching Bridge to Terabithia in a dark theater. It is probably weird that I remember that, but I do. And now that I've looked it up, I know that I have had these shoes for seven years. And in all that time the magic hasn't worn off of them.
I think it is even stronger this month because I'm doing NaBloPoMo. I've remembered how to listen to the small voice of creativity that demands words, to look for hidden stories, and to write each day. I'm so thankful for that.
So if you see me out in the world this month, you will probably get to see my star shoes. And if you see a tiny sparkle from one of those stars, know that it might be a whisper of creativity trying to reach you. Don't ignore it.
*NaBloPoMo - Day 13.