|This story was
written by Doobie's Grandmother and was published in the
Bulletin Board of the
St. Paul Pioneer
Why does that man want
to buy one woman's shoe?
"Our Christmas-shopping trip took a crazy
turn when I heard my husband ask a saleslady at one of the shoe stores
if they would sell him just one shoe."
"'One shoe?' she asked."
"I tried to save us from the 'you-guys-are-nuts' look, but it was too
late; his explanation had already spilled out of his mouth: 'Yes, I'm
looking for just one shoe ... for our son's gecko ... for Christmas.'
(I begged that she not tell anyone what my husband had just said.)"
"Maybe he was a bit rummy from too much shopping, but this search for a
shoe soon became my husband's obsession. You see, our son's
leopard gecko has outgrown the fake tree in his cage and needs a bigger
cozy, dark place to spend his days. When our daughter was visiting
him this fall, Doobie curled up in the toe of her clog. When it
was time for her to go, he had to be forcefully shaken out, he liked it
so much. That's when the idea was born."
"After looking at many utilitarian, clog-type shoes in a couple of
different stores, my husband decided that Doobie should really have a
glitzy high heel, instead of a clog. He'd hold each shoe up,
inspecting the toe space, turning it this way and that while imagining
big Doobie curled up in the tip of the toe."
"With a little help, he finally came to his senses and agreed that, no
matter how sexy, even on sale, $40 was a bit much to spend on a shoe for
a gecko! Though we were both beat, he insisted on checking out the
Goodwill store before heading home. After much deliberation over
the vast selection of shoes, he finally found a pair of fire-engine-red
pumps. Not quite so sexy as the others he'd seen - but, satisfied
with his find, he said that he thought Doobie would look good in red."