I had my sister take this photo last week, as an homage to two things that I love and that I have had in my life for a long time. It was my immediate reaction to the news that I had been fired. Or let go, laid off..my assistant 'dream like' job has come to an end. Still in shock, I needed a picture of my two old friends.
My black rimmed glasses and my leather mary janes.
I am blind as a bat and have given up on contact lenses. Too much maintenance. I got this pair of glasses in 1998 at a Kaiser hospital. They've never fit perfectly, are a bit cracked on the right side and the lenses have seen better days. But I literally cannot live without them. I do get tempted every once in a while to replace them with something a little less trendy, but not having health insurance..that temptation fades quickly. and so I look to them as a friend, as a companion, as a part of me. They've been everywhere I've been. Everything I see, I see through them. Scratches and all.
Then there are my black leather mary janes. They are Sanita clogs and I've had them since 2003. My aunt bought them for me, always teaching me about quality. These shoes have been all over the country and to England. I wear them when I need to look presentable. I wear them when I know I"ll be on my feet all day. I wear them with pants, dresses, skirts, shorts..They could use a good polishing and the edges are starting to wear down, but they still swath my feet in their leathery comfort and keep the dogs from barking.
Do you have pieces in your life that have been with you for a while?