lost shoes

in which i use 200 words or less to propose a background story for pictures of lost shoes.

locker.

locker.

When Jimmy opened his bag in the locker room, he discovered he was missing one of his gym shoes. Shit. It must have fallen out on the ride to school. Not only was that asshole Coach Taylor going to give him laps for not being fully dressed out, Mom was going to be pissed.

There had been a bunch of locker break-ins over the last two weeks that they made a big deal about, even emailing all of the parents about it. Everyone said Cleveland Harrison had been doing it, and the vice-principal and a bunch of teachers grilled him, but he said he didn’t do it. So he told Mom the shoes had been ripped off out of his locker.

Sure enough, she was pissed. She emailed the vice principle and said it was probably Cleveland Harrison, because she had heard he was the culprit in the locker break-ins and was in Jimmy’s gym class. The vice-principle suspended Cleveland for a week and he never came back to St. Joseph’s.

A month later, Cleveland’s parents filed a lawsuit against the school for discrimination saying he was blamed because he was one of only twelve African-Americans at the school.

party.

party.

The outfit was too girly. The dress with stupid little tulips, the hair bow, the matching shoes. Carolyn’s mom made her wear it when saw how she was dressed: 501s rolled at the cuffs, black Docs, her brother’s white dress shirt and a narrow black tie.

– You look like a boy.

– So what. I'm thirteen. I can dress myself.

– You need to go to a party looking like a young lady. Don’t you want to look pretty?

– No.

When mom wasn’t looking, she stuffed her Chuck Taylors into the bag. Sophie was going to be there and she had to do something. She’d ditch the bow and put on the Chucks. It was the best she could do. She changed her shoes when the Linders picked her up, and dropped the others out the window as they drove to the party. Fuck her.

Greg found a blue girl’s shoe at the end of the driveway in the morning. It wasn’t one of the girls’ and anyway, they hadn’t been over in weeks. He put it on the fencepost at the end of the driveway so the girl who lost it would be able to find it. She was probably bummed.

barbeque.

barbeque.

There is immense joy in just watching - watching all the little creatures in nature. We artists are a different breed of people. We're a happy bunch. Don't be bashful drop me a line. If you overwork it you become a cloud killer. There's nothing worse than a cloud killer. Don't fight it, use what happens.

Let's make some happy little clouds in our world. If you've been in Alaska less than a year you're a Cheechako. The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start.

If you didn't have baby clouds, you wouldn't have big clouds. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do. Do an almighty painting with us. Follow the lay of the land. It's most important.

elliptical.

elliptical.

There is immense joy in just watching - watching all the little creatures in nature. We artists are a different breed of people. We're a happy bunch. Don't be bashful drop me a line. If you overwork it you become a cloud killer. There's nothing worse than a cloud killer. Don't fight it, use what happens.

Let's make some happy little clouds in our world. If you've been in Alaska less than a year you're a Cheechako. The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start.

If you didn't have baby clouds, you wouldn't have big clouds. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do. Do an almighty painting with us. Follow the lay of the land. It's most important.

tracks.

tracks.

There is immense joy in just watching - watching all the little creatures in nature. We artists are a different breed of people. We're a happy bunch. Don't be bashful drop me a line. If you overwork it you become a cloud killer. There's nothing worse than a cloud killer. Don't fight it, use what happens.

Let's make some happy little clouds in our world. If you've been in Alaska less than a year you're a Cheechako. The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start.

If you didn't have baby clouds, you wouldn't have big clouds. Nature is so fantastic, enjoy it. Let it make you happy. Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do. Do an almighty painting with us. Follow the lay of the land. It's most important.