Shiny Shoes and Other Stories

Her new shiny shoes made her feel special
like the little girl she used to be in her Sunday best!
The blue glow at the base of the coffee bar made her feel even magical.
She wondered if anyone was noticing her shoes.
Well, I think I was - and they made me feel a little magical too!

Just looking at his hands gave her a thrill ...
She'd always been attracted to beautiful hands.
He wished she would take off her sunglasses
to see the message her eyes were sending him.
A crowded terrace, but they felt totally alone in their togetherness.


Retirement
She had recently retired.
What on earth does that mean?
She felt even more vibrant than before 
she had more time to nourish her passions!
Passion!
What a wonderful word.
She felt a whole new world was within reach.

Each new day opened up a myriad of possibilities. The very thought made her feel quite giddy. She closed her eyes a minute to savour the excited tingling throughout her whole body.

What first? 
Well, she could read more and not feel guilty about frittering her time away. 
Yes, let's start with that! 
She sat on the sofa facing the window, running her hand over the cover of a new book. Preparing herself, through the illustration, to get the feeling of the story that was about to unfold.

The world is my oyster, she said, and I'm the pearl!

Author: Tracy Chevalier

"Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today."
Holbrook Jackson
1874-1948


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Have you ever thought what fun it is to contemplate an image and imagine the story behind?
Each image, each story is so intricately part of who we are.  I love just giving part of a story,
a mere slice,  so that all who read may be swept into something that maybe resonates with them where they can also find a part of themselves and be touched.




24 comments

  1. I enjoy your slice of a story
    I get to look at your photo even more deeply through you
    I have been thinking about stories today, even listening to Ted Talks about storytelling. So it is extra special to enjoy your post.

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    1. I love story-telling and I also love listening to stories. Do you have a link for the Ted Talks?

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  2. Love the shoes!

    And, OK, you have piqued my interest about that book. Gonna look it up now! ;-)

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    1. Those shiny shoes seem to be the all the rage over here! I've given a link to the author of the book above, just look at the bottom of all the text.

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  3. For me I think this is very true and I think it is why I Most like sitting in an airport and just people watch. Wonder where they are going or coming from is a Passion of mine. I can imagine all kinds of things, some might hit the nail on the head so to speak, who knows only our imagination can tell the story. Love these thoughts Sandra.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. Observation is a wonderful art and then we let our imagination do the rest!

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  4. I believe in story. We all create and interpret stories based on our own experiences. I, too, "make up" story vignettes with my photos. I know you'll love your retirement - books, books, books - and photography, of course!

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  5. The fun thing about stories, Barb, they don't need to be true, but they can be! Some stories are completely made up and it's amusing not to tell people which are which!

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  6. I really like these, Sandra.
    A slice of a story, and a lot left to imagine.
    So nicely done.
    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I do find that slices of stories are fun when combined with photos, just enough to excite the imagination!

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  7. You have such a gift for telling stories, and for making such telling images!

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    1. Thanks, Sophia. I love the way stories take us on a journey out of daily routine!

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  8. You are such a great storyteller Sandra! The first story with the feet especially makes you want to know more... perhaps because the faces are also left a mystery?
    Kate :}

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    1. Thanks, Kate. Aren't those shiny shoes great? They were just asking for a story to be made up about them!

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  9. I do love how you gave us part of the story with each photo! And of course, we can take the story beyond what you have given us and make up our own. Random photos are wonderful to interpret!
    And retirement is definitely freedom to read and follow your passions!

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    1. Mary, I think that retirement itself might become a new passion!

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  10. Oh, I love the stories you've come up with for the photos.

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    1. Oh thank you! I do love doing this!

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  11. Sandra, first I love those shiny shoes! Where did she get them? Also, the book sounds wonderful, I too read a lot these days, especially ones about living longer and healthier, thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Aren't those shiny shoes great? I've been seeing them around lately and was thrilled to capture these! Your reading sounds interesting, especially about living a healthier life. Do check out Tracy Chevalier's site above. It's lovely. I have all of her books. I love the way she blends real historical facts in with her leading characters. She has a real gift.

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  12. This is wonderful! I love little stories; ones that are true and ones that are made up. I'm always making up stories and telling them to Jerry about people we're around. He even tries to make up better ones than mine sometimes, but that's rare. He's a literal person, I'm not. I haven't read any of Tracy Chevalier's books. I don't know how I've missed them. I'm going to the library tomorrow and I'll look for one of hers. Once again, I enjoyed your stories very much and look forward to more. Are you taking the class that Sarah is?

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    1. So glad you like stories, Cathy as they may become a regular feature here! I read that you like to make up stories too and that Jerry joins in the fun! I hope you find a Tracy Chevalier book at your library!

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  13. You are an excellent storyteller and photographer

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    1. Thank you, Kim. So nice of you to visit!

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