If the Shoes Fit

I bought myself some ballet flats.  Why not?  For me, at 63, it’s time to ballet!

I am unfit and looking for motivation to exercise. After checking the local community college programme,  I enrolled in “Ballet for Over 55s”.  First, I had to get these shoes.  So I went to Bloch and sat amongst the baby ballerinas, pretending to be someone’s grandma while I waited to be served.

The sales girls must be ballerinas themselves, as they demonstrated the various stances when I asked them to show me some poses.  The shoes are not the most comfortable things however you place your feet; the soles are in two patches and felt weird, though not as uncomfortable as the ones I bought for rock climbing.

I started rock climbing at 51.  It’s the best exercise (not that I’m the one to judge; I can’t swim, ride a bike or throw, catch or even bounce a ball).  The shoes for rock climbing are truly evil, they remind me of my grandmother’s bound feet whenever I wear them.  However, once you’re on the wall or clinging onto a cliff, you’re glad to have them.  I have not climbed for a while but if the ballet does not suit, I might have to go back to climbing –only you need a partner, and a good one is hard to find.

The shoes that fit me best in the end are my gardening clogs–because that’s who I am–the gardener.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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13 Responses to If the Shoes Fit

  1. Jan Schaper says:

    Mary, you inspire! As others have already mentioned, your comment about your gardening clogs and your identity is a treasure. Happy dancing!

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Good luck with the ballet. If we were on the same continent, I’d offer to partner you in rock climbing, which I love. And you’re right, finding a good partner is tough. I think I need to get some garden clogs, though…

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    • Mary Tang says:

      The climbing gym has a Wednesday ‘Social Climbers’ session where people can show up and pair up with whoever is there. I did that a few times and it was OK but I would prefer to have a regular partner. Too bad you’re so far away :)

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  3. gaiainaction says:

    Mary my friend, that is a priceless write-up, and it tells me more about you than you can imagine. How truly lovely! May you enjoy your gardening clogs for a very long time to come.

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  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Good luck with ballet! Love those gardening clogs.

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  5. You are one seriously cool lady Mary. :)

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  6. I like a good bit of sole searching

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