In the first Broken challenge photo and subsequent comments (which are fascinating), we’d reached an optimistic equation of Broken with Beginning —
Now we add a third B: BELOVED!
This shoe (the whole pair, actually) has done yeoman duty for my husband. It’s worn itself out in his service, and in return, it is dearly beloved in his eyes. Would he hear of throwing it out? Just when it’s totally comfortable, and loyal, and all other kinds of good traits shoes are capable of? You’ve got to be kidding!
Do you remember when mothers bronzed their baby’s first pair of shoes? Probably not. But if people still did that sort of thing, this pair of shoes would be up for it.
Broken, yes. Broken down, yes. But well broken in — beloved. A parable?