Monday, March 19, 2012

Farmgirl Ruby Red Slippers!

Wisdom is better than rubies.
           Proverbs


Every little girl, I say that loosely as I may be the only one, coveted Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers, in the Wizard of Oz. When the good witch magically put them on her feet I was smitten with their beautiful rich ruby red colour and the magic that they could bring.

While following My Hero through a farm store we call the TSC Store while he searched for penny washers (no such thing as penny anything these days) for a project he was working on in the barn, I managed to pull myself away from his exciting world of nuts and bolts to wander the store looking for something, let us say less work related. This is always such an exciting adventure for My Hero, so I thought I would let him savour his moment in peace.

I wander past the row of multi-coloured horse halters, the colourful buckets for water, and the towering bags of feed for an assortment of livestock. I pass the very fancy bird feeders and I marvel at the imagination of some clever artists, any bird would be in love with these take out restaurants.

I make my way down the aisle with gardening supplies, the multi-coloured garden gloves and tools, and the bags of seeds, and onion sets. I find my mind drifting to my own garden and wondering what I shall plant this year and if the Evil Weed Wild Parsnip will once again invade my space. My mind is spinning at the thought of all the endless possibilities.

I pass by the pallets piled high with rolls of black fence wire and remember the multitude of downed fence rails I passed while out hiking in our non-existent winter. This has always been an endless job with all the deer jumping, the bear hopping, and cow rubbing, going on back there. This year the freezing rain made the heavy ice laden branches crash on to these fences smashing them to the ground, making for a lot more extra work.

I finally come across an aisle of clothes, there are Green John Deere shirts, and Red Case International shirts, I seen a few Blue Ford shirts and many T-shirts which have a multiple of catchy farm sayings. “Let’s get dirty.”, “I Love My Farm Boy”, “Farmers Feed Cities”, and “Farm Girls Rock”. I want one that says “Tired Old Farm Girls Still Rock”, no luck. I pull a pair of nice coveralls off the shelf and try to decide if I really need a new pair, I see the price, and decide my old ones will do another year. I wander over to the boot department; that is when I notice a woman reaching towards the top shelf. There they were. I was immediately smitten.

I watched as she tried them on and told her she should really buy those Ruby Red Rubbers, I mentioned Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers. She laughed and said she never thought of it that way. I wonder to myself “REALLY”, that was the first thought in my head.  I then pulled down a pair of size six, I hurried to pull off my shoes and slip them on. They fit like a glove, comfortable, and just perfect. I mulled over the price of $40. Not very practical, they looked very pretty but my thick-soled black ones at home were probably more durable for manure and mud. Oh, but they were so beautiful, I watched as the nice lady took her pair to the front cash, and I sadly put mine back on the shelf.

I made my way back to My Hero just in time to see him pulling a rubber wagon tire off the shelf, I mention my love of these Ruby Red Rubbers on the top shelf, three rows over, he said "Go and buy them if you want." That is why he is My Hero.

I started thinking about Dorothy and tapping those heels three times saying “There's no place like home”, “There's no place like home” and contemplate about how handy this could be.

While My Hero and I are back fixing all those broken rails in the black fly biting, prickly ash scratching, and sweat producing bush I would just have to tap my heels together three times. I would find myself sitting in my kitchen drinking tea, thinking of My Hero standing in the bush all alone and wondering where I went. 

Alas; My Ruby Red Rubbers are still on the shelf at the TSC Store. I could not do that to him.

Later




17 comments:

  1. I think you should go back and get your ruby red slippers!

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  2. Well maybe not today but maybe you will get them next month or next year. They have your name written all over them.

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  3. That last comment (Mrs. W) was from me. Had the wrong sign in going on. Just so you know. Sandra

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  4. The ruby red boots were already yours for a few minutes - the few minutes between when your husband encouraged you to get them and when you decided not yo buy them. You can savor that thought and your red boots will never get scratched up or old. I think you don't need to purchase them now. (Well, truth be told, I tend to be a frugal person.)

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  5. would it surprise you if i told you i have those boots? :)

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  6. oh, i love them! i do need a pair too, but most of those i see are flowery or stripey or...i don't know, not perfect enough. but these are! well, ok...maybe not the price. i hear you there. then they would probably cost $5 more in my size. *sigh*

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  7. I find it's enough that he wants you to get them -- you and I are alot alike, dearie. :)

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  8. I find myself doing that more and more often...holding something and really wanting it but don't need it and where would I put it and what would I do with it??? and I could buy a tank of gas with the money...etc etc....I don't know if it is a good thing or not so good thing...

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  9. they are beauties. but i'm a practical soul and would have put them back, too. (i do have a hot pink pair, however.) :)

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  10. I have a feeling that you will end up with those Ruby Red Slippers too.

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  11. You and those ruby red slippers would have a grand time, I'm sure!

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  12. There are SO MANY nice rubber boots on the shelves this year! I remember when I bought a pair of grey ones with a pink band at the top and thought they were the cats meow. I too lust after a pair of ruby boots, but just can't justify them right now...

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  13. LOL... Scott and I were just in TSC on ST Patrick's Day. My favorite shirt said something like, "I do more before 10 AM than most people do all day"... fitting since I work 5 am to 10:30. And we scored some GREAT deals on a couple flannel lined jeans on the clearance rack for Scott since in winter when they can't afford to pay the heat cost they just turn it off where he works. These jeans were regularly $34.99 and they were marked $14.99 which we thought was a good deal - getting 2 pair for the price of one but bot were we excited when I checked the receipt before we left the store... THEY RANG UP $6.99 A PAIR! So 2 pair for less than half price for one pair... AWESOME! And every time I go in there I long for a pair of those awesome rubber boots but they just aren't at all practical for me. Maybe your RUBY RED RUBBERS will be on Clearance the next time you all go in there.

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  14. Even though my life doesn't need anything in the farm and feed store but bird feeders and onion sets, that place is still my favorite spot to sight see and dream. I hope someone loves you enough to gift you those size six (same as mine) magic footwear.

    At least the people who make farm and ranch clothing are finally realizing there are females to market to.

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  15. You resisted the temptation! Not practical as you say but they sure did look nice!

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  16. You did good... i would whimper at the first scratch id put on them - and that would be before I left the house...

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  17. Sometimes things are just more fun to long for. I rarely indulge myself. I like to sit and wish. This year I got a suprise and deserved bonus (I did a lot of extra work for that sucker). I made myself by a bunch of the things I had wished and wished for. Guess what? I think it was more fun wishing. I guess they call it buyers remorse.

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