Writing the Self #4: New Kicks

The bell rang. I meandered through the crush of kids to my locker, located in the best spot- by the cafeteria, on the way to the gym, and not too far from my home room. I shoved my backpack in, grabbed my binders and slammed the door. I set my lock- just in case, and walked off. As I turned, I overheard a conversation between two of the “rich kids”  in my class.

“I absolutely love your shoes! Where did you get them?!”

The second girl replied, “I custom ordered this pair so I would have sneakers with our school colours. I just added them to my collection. Mom’s mad at me because my sneakers won’t fit in my closet anymore.”

I looked down at my just-washed sneakers with faded stains. I worked so hard to clean last year’s K-Swiss. I loved those sneakers! I sighed, straightened my new t- shirt, and trudged to home room and the welcoming smile of Mrs. D. 

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One thought on “Writing the Self #4: New Kicks

  1. Robbi,
    I really loved your blog post and how you were able to get your point across so easily. I find it interesting how short stories like these can hold so much meaning. I appreciated how you compared your shoes to the “rich” girl’s and used this dichotomy to express your understanding of class. I think your quote of the girl saying, “‘Mom’s mad at me because my sneakers won’t fit in my closet anymore'”, shows how this girl so carelessly thought about her possessions and overall advantages related to class. I think this comment holds a lot of meaning because it shows how that girl did not need to think about practicality in regards to spending money. I liked then how you compared her attitude of carelessness to your attitude of respect for what you had by mentioning how you washed your sneakers from last year. (I have done this lots too by the way; when I buy something, I see it as an investment, so to speak, and will use it as long as possible. I have always been taught to respect my possessions and spend money wisely.) I think your story shows a difference in respect for one’s belongings and how this respect is ultimately based on class. One question I am left with is: Do you think the “rich” girl has ever thought twice about how much she has or how unphased she is by purchasing things she does not really need?
    -Abby Rudichuk

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