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Those Shoes.

I smile a lot.

I know, it can be sickening to the people of the world who aren’t so happy-go-lucky. Sorry/not sorry.

I just try to spend lots of time appreciating the little things as much as the big things.

Here’s one little thing that always always always makes me smile, no matter how many times I’ve seen it–and I’ve seen it hundreds of times:

Jim's shoes

Those are Jim’s shoes (Keen sandals) on the garage floor right behind his car. He wears those shoes from the house out to the garage, where he pulls his bike off of the ceiling hooks and leans it up against the brick wall outside. Then he slips his Keens off and puts his feet right into his cycling shoes, which don’t get to touch the pavement very much if he can help it. He puts his Keens in this exact spot on the floor so they’re waiting for him when he gets back, puts his helmet on, shuts the garage door, and rides away. The process is, of course, reversed when he returns home.

I LOVE when I’m out somewhere and then pull up into the driveway and open the garage door…and see those shoes.

Those shoes are there because he hates being barefoot. (Oddly enough, I love being barefoot.)
Those shoes mean he’s out doing what he loves. (Cycling freak, in the best way.)
Those shoes mean he’s out doing something that is good for his health.
Those shoes mean he’ll be back soon.
Those shoes, for some reason, make me feel all mushy gushy about my husband.

And that makes me smile.

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  • angela November 12, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Aw, that’s sweet! Also? I would run them over at some point. Hopefully that is a commentary on my absent-mindedness and not the state of my marriage…

    • Melisa Wells November 14, 2014, 2:37 pm

      haha! Maybe you wouldn’t if you were me: that’s his car and I never drive it because it’s a manual. 🙂

  • Momo November 12, 2014, 8:38 pm

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. This is so sweet and it made ME smile. That’s the second time you’ve done that today.

  • Liz November 13, 2014, 7:04 am

    Smiling ova here, too 🙂

  • Angie Mizzell November 13, 2014, 7:22 am

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. We have all of these little reminders about the people we love the most in our lives. But do we see them? I’m so glad you shared this.

    • Melisa Wells November 14, 2014, 2:38 pm

      Thanks! The little moments are often the most fun to write about!

  • Shannon November 13, 2014, 7:51 am

    I love the love in this post. ALL OF THE LOVE.

    I am, however, still freaked out by the idea of cycling shoes with the attaching oneself to the pedals. I don’t think that would end well for me.

    • Melisa Wells November 14, 2014, 2:38 pm

      I used them when I taught spin class and ONLY because I knew the bike wasn’t moving off the mat. I’ve never wanted to use them on the open road. 🙂

  • Kari November 13, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Is it wrong the first thing I thought of was OMG SOMEONE RAN OVER THAT MAN.

    • Melisa Wells November 14, 2014, 2:39 pm

      haha! No, not wrong. Just funny.

  • Patty November 14, 2014, 11:01 am

    It’s so precious to come upon something that is so part of who your loved one is. What a great feeling!

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