If the shoe fits…

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Events, Musings
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I’ve had a fall and have gone in the fetlock.

If I were a horse, they’d have me put down.

Even more alarming, I can’t fit into any of my (sob) shoes.

Now normally, this wouldn’t faze me. I work at home, in dacks of track, and shoes are an optional extra.

But May and Mother’s Day bring invitations that require more than the usual gussying up.

This year it was an address to my favourite mums from St Ambrose’s School at the trendy Iceworks Restaurant in Paddington. Dead sexy heels or glamorous boots were de rigueur for the occasion.

Unfortunately, my fankle and the purple blow-up foot at the end of it, just couldn’t handle the stress of heels.

I could walk, or at least hobble, but the only shoe I could squeeze into were my birkencrocs.

Now, I do love my Birkis – I have three pairs and sent my Mum some for Mother’s Day to her great delight – but they’re not what I reach for when I want to frock up.

Amongst more than a hundred lovely ladies sashaying around in edgy boots, teetering platforms, peep toes and stilettos, I stood out like the proverbial, with an elephantine ankle, bandaged and stuffed into a nana croc.

Looking down at my great swelling cankle, the compression bandage showing through my stockings, I had a vision of my future. I could hear the wise words of a dear friend’s 101-year-old grandmother: ‘Look after your feet, dear. They have to hold you up for a very long time.’

So it is with great sadness that I bid adieu to my budding indoor netball career. It’s been fun girls, but now I have to bow out.

In one of life’s touching ironies, my little guy gave me a glass slipper for Mother’s Day that gives me hope.

After the swelling subsides, I plan to be good to my feet … and hopefully will continue to show off a neatly turned ankle until well into my dotage.

  1. Tina C says:

    Hey Chris

    Hugs for your foot – thank goodness it’s temporary and it will heal and you WILL be back into your kick-a** heels again in no time at all.

    Congrats on deciding to do what is such a hard thing – to give up a sport that you love because of injury. Knowing that your bod can no longer sustain the rigours a sport puts on you is not fun for anyone – but you seem to be smiling through it – and who knows – maybe you can go back as an umpire or a coach… you don’t have to kiss it bye bye altogether if you love it.

    Catch you on the roundabout of writing!

    Bye 4 now

  2. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Tina, I’ll be cheering my Firechooks team on from the sidelines, and no doubt I’ll find something else to do before lawn bowls claims me!

  3. kathleennoud says:

    Awww. If anyone can pull off nanna crocs at a function it’d be you, Chris. 🙂

  4. chrisbongers says:

    I pulled off the sympathy vote, that’s for sure, Kathleen. Am sitting here entertaining the dog, wiggling my fat little purple toes. Feeling so much better since hearing from you!

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