Photo a Day Challenge: June 21 – Toes

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These are my toes.

They’re pointed in the right direction. I never  imagined I’d photograph my own toes. But like lips, youth and birth, the best way to avoid the awkward? Turn the camera on thy own self. It’s not as if I didn’t have access to toes – or cleats, at least – to beat all.

I have 30 toes in close proximity that belong in cleats, attached to three of the fiercest soccer playing girls I’ve ever known.

I wear these Star Wars Vans nearly every day. Yes, even Elise’s graduation day. See, I had them on one day at a familiar lake when words stopped me in my tracks and set my heart on a backward spiral I thought I’d never right.

I don’t have all the answers, still. Every day I slip my feet into these shoes reminds me that I’ve worn them in the dark and in the light and in the shadows in between. And whatever lies ahead, they’ll be on my feet then, too.

They’ve traversed rainy fields on moribund days. They’ve carried me as I’ve struggled to move. They’ve been on my feet during fleeter moments, too. They’ve kicked dust and collected sunshine and run and wandered and waited in line.

My toes, in these shoes, point the right direction.

Whether the steps thud with authority or crackle with uncertainty. The first steps came in them, and the next will too. These shoes evoke wonder in young boys and simple wonderment in women. Of all ages. (Why is he wearing those?)

Even lost, my toes point onward. To wherever trajectory carries me.

[Check out the photo challenge we’re taking, here.]


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  1. Holly says:

    Nice kicks!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Kiddo – they get me here to there.

  2. For some reason, this post made me think of this song – here’s the link to the lyrics:

    I’ve worn my current shoes right through, the side of my foot literally scuffing the pavement, but they are my familiar friends and I’m not ready to end the journey!..or is it, to start a new beginning.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Love those lyrics, Jenn. I’m sure too that these shoes will get worn down to nothing on the bottom. We can stay on the same journey when that happens, and reload with new shoes for the next mile.

  3. Nix says:

    No matter the shoes, it’s one foot in front of the other, day by day, right? Keep on keeping on. Why do I have that theme song in my head now?….Happy trails…to youuuuu…until we meet againnnn?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      word ’em up, Nix. Keep on trucking.

  4. Rosey says:

    Yup, those are cool shoes. 🙂 Hi Eli!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey Rosey! These are the sweetest kicks I’ve ever owned.

  5. Lyn says:

    Love those shoes, Eli. Way cool!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Lyn – I swear someone’s going to steal them.

      1. Lyn says:

        Well I won’t…I’m too far away 😀

  6. Rorybore says:

    You had me at Star Wars toes. 🙂
    Beautifully done Coach… I trust this means you are back to feeling better?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      In what will most certainly become a post, I’ve given those Star Wars toes a break with a new pair of Nikes.

      I can’t say I’m 100%, but I’m feeling closer to it than ever, Rore.

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