Baby Shoes

Avatar Author: K-Jellybean You know that moment when you realize you're in over your head? "I am steeped in blood so far, that returning would be as tedious as going ahead." ***** I missed this place. I missed posting. I can't be the user that ... Read Bio

The building is huge and noisy, I keep my eyes away from those of the people standing next to their commission and the smell of Cinnabon lingers in the air around us. I smile at Em and give her had a squeeze.

“We have to get a present for Dawn, her shower is next week.” I can see the effort she puts into not caring that it isn’t her own shower and so I don’t say anything. I smile and nod and we walk along to the Baby Gap.

The place smells like Johnson and Johnson baby powder, a smell I’ve come to associate with sadness. Emily walks through the store as if in a dream, trailing her fingers over striped onesies and tiny shirts and pants. She stops and picks up a pair of plain, blue and white baby shoes. They’re so tiny, both of them fit in the palm of her hand. She stares at them and tears crowd her eyelids.

I put my arms around her and she starts to cry, clinging to the baby shoes so hard her knuckles turn white. “Someday, Em, someday you’ll be a great mom.”

“Why not today?”

Alas, I wish I knew the answer.

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  1. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    Awe. She’ll be a great mom someday!

  2. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    Uh, the best. Duh.

    Well, second to me of course.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    oh, so sad! don’t cry! Group hug! it’ll work out.

  4. Avatar kaellinn18

    Awww, sad. :-(

  5. Avatar Atjagape

    Always good to use real emotion even if it is from the worst experiances.

  6. Avatar Paige Elizabeth

    This was very sweet. It’s nice that they have each other. That is also a gift.

  7. Avatar Raegan Dauterive

    Sad, but sweet. I liked the baby powder line, good perspective.

  8. Avatar K-Jellybean

    Thanks, guys. <3

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