Nearly a year ago I wrote this, and if you've been reading that long you probably thought (hoped!) that I had quickly replaced those boots and moved on. But nope, I held onto them for another summer, and fall, and winter. The holes got so bad that my feet were soaking wet the moment I left the house and I even contemplated lining them with shopping bags... but I don't use shopping bags, so I never implemented that plan.
I'm generally cautious with money but I wouldn't say I'm frugal. I have been known to splurge; on that perfect soup pot, high chair, salad bowl, and don't even add up my grocery bill. But when it comes to something just for me, not the house or our family but mine all mine... I just can't pull the trigger on a purchase.
I had new boots in my virtual shopping cart time and time again over the months, but couldn't follow through. A few weeks ago we were strolling around my hometown, I was sloshing along in my drenched socks and carefully avoiding every puddle of slush (in my rain boots) when James finally forced me into the local shoe store. Less than ten minutes later I had brand new water tight boots covering those wet socks... almost a year of hemming and hawing and suddenly it seemed so easy. There's something about a real store that pushes along decision making, and supporting a local business feels good too.
So these green boots are mine all mine, to jump feet first into all those mud puddles that spring will be bringing our way. So long to my trusty purple pals, you will be missed!