This past Saturday it was my pleasure to be the speaker at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church Ladies' Spring Tea. I spoke about our spiritual walk, and how sometimes our spiritual feet ache. The causes for such foot problems stemmed from improper footgear to walking in places we shouldn't. I brought a variety of shoes, from a steel-toed workboot (armored with bitterness) to a high-heeled mule (vain and looking for the approval of men) to a baby shoe (indiciative of spiritual immaturity). The talk was well received and I enjoyed giving it immensely.
In the course of the talk, I mentioned something funny that had happened to me a few years back when I was substitute teaching an elementary class at a local Christian school.
I came into class wearing a brand spanking new pair of Cobbie Cuddler tennis shoes. White, with green trim. I was pleased with them, hadn't paid too much for them (KMart, less than $20) and thought I looked a bit of alright in them. Nothing like a new pair of shoes to lift a girl's spirits, right?
I took my chair in the front of the classroom, crossed my legs and asked for any prayer requests before beginning the day with a word of prayer.
One of the sixth-grade boys stared at my shoes, then looked up and announced to me and the class, "Mrs. Vetsch, you look just like Pamela Anderson." For the record, I had to search a bit before I found a picture of Ms. Anderson suitable and well-clothed enough to put on the blog. You'll notice I had to go with a head-shot.
As you can imagine I was shocked and dumbfounded. I look NOTHING like Ms. Anderson.
When I regained a tiny part of my senses, I asked, "Jordan, what makes you say that?"
He pointed to my new shoes and announced, "Oh, she wears a pair of shoes just like that on her new show VIP."
To which his faithful sidekick, Nick, replied, "You should be flattered. He loves her!"
I nearly choked to death, and my thoughts during prayer time were quite scattered, I assure you.
If I'd only known all it took to transform me into an extremely buxom blond beauty was a pair of $17.99 Cobbie Cuddlers from KMart, you can bet I'd have made the purchase sooner. Ten years later, I still have those shoes.