Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps

From a writers' club prompt:


That was what the advertisement said, but what did that mean?    She paused to consider, glancing down at at her dark brown ankle boots with the imitation leopard plush trim around the top.  A thrift shop find. 

No straps there.

The more she contemplated the concept the more puzzled Erica became.   Even assuming her boots, of an admittedly vintage era had straps--which they didn't--and assuming that her arthritic spine would allow her to grasp these straps on both sides, what exactly would be the result?   With the boots securely ensconced on both her feet, no doubt she would swiftly tumble backwards.  Most definitely, Erica would not be 'pulled up.'

She decided to read a little further in an attempt to assuage her confusion.  The rest of the ad involved a suggestion that the reader send away for a correspondence course in furniture upholstery with the goal of starting one's own business along those same lines.

Erica felt more confused than ever.   At the very least, it should have been a course in shoe and boot repair!

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