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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-05

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didn't let herself think about
it.
She took turns with the
shoes, old black, bone, newer
black, old black, bone, newer
- black, figuring that they
would last longer that way
and trying to ignore her
growing misgiving that there
was no scientific basis to the
idea. She polished them every
few days. When the soles and
heels wore down, she took
them to the shoemaker. The
-
first time Marian said noth-
ing. The second time she pro-
tested, "Mama, you can't put
patches on top of patches."
The next time she whispered
in Sadie's ear, "Mamma, the
shoemaker is going to think
you're either a pauper or a
cheapskate." Finally she
snapped, "Mama, you look
like a ragamuffin." When
Marian wasn't around, Sadie
-- looked anxiously at herself in
the full-length mirror. Did
t-I she really look like a raga-
muffin? Well, there was no
doubt her shoes had become
embarrassingly shabby. She
took to wearing colorful neck
scarves to deflect attention
from her feet.
The old black shoes gave
out; the shoemaker refused to
repair them again. Sadie
stood at her closet door and
looked at her two remaining
pairs. Marian had finally
given up trying to badger and
shame her into buying new
\=-- shoes; that, at least was
something. But she could
take no pleasure in the vic-
tory because she had so little
time until these pairs would
follow — who knew how long?
She closed the closet door
and lay down for a nap.
The bone shoes fell apart in
a final triumph of friction
over leather. The black shoes
were re-soled and re-heeled,
stitched and mended. One
morning Sadie sat on the
edge of her bed, her feet
dangling over the edge. The
other day, when she had
picked up the shoes at the
repair shop, the shoemaker
had put them in a brown bag
and said, "That's the last
time I can resole them, Mrs.
Bronstein. The leather is get-
-- ting too thin to work with."
He had given her her change
and turned to the next
customer.
She looked down at her
feet. The shoes were a dis-
grace, they really were. But
when she slipped them on in
e.; the morning, her feet relaxed,
secure in the familiar sup-
port. She needed that; how
else could she get through the

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The phone rang. She
pushed herself up from the
bed and waddled heavily out
of the room.
It was Marian. "Hi,
Mama," she said. "How are
you feeling?"
"Not bad."
"That's good. Listen,
tomorrow's our day to spend
together. What do you want
to do?"
There was a long silence.
Finally Sadie said, "You
know that new diner down-
town?"
"Yeah."
"Is the food supposed to be
fresh there?"
"I don't know, Mama. I've
heard it's good. Why?"
Sadie paused again. "Let's
go there for lunch." She grip-
ped the telephone receiver.
"And then — shopping."

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