News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Mike Lunsford

September 7, 2009

The Off Season: A pair of boots worn well…

It was on a breezy Saturday morning trip through our barn’s double doors that I happened to notice a pair of my old work boots in the trash barrel we keep there. It is in that place that much of what we have worn out or used up ends, just junk taking a last bow before meeting up with landfill dirt.

I had tossed the boots into a garage trash can at the beginning of the summer, an ungrateful end for something I had worn so often for close to 15 years, through winter snows and early spring heat, in wet weather and through the dust of many an Indian summer day. My wife picked them out of the can and brought them to me as I finished trimming a little patch of grass near the house.

“Sure you want to get rid of these?” she asked me, holding them up and away from herself because there was hardly a clean spot on them.

“Oh, I think so. They’re just so worn out, I don’t think I can wear them to do anything anymore,” I told her. “I hate to do it, but throw them away.”

She took me for my word.

It hadn’t been easy to give up those boots. A man gets attached to things like that grubby pair of shoes, unless they rub blisters on his heels, which another pair of much more expensive boots I own does unless I wear thick winter socks with them. I could have broken those new boots in a good while ago if I had wanted to invest the time in elbow grease, but I continued to slip on my old pair, instead — it was easier.

I have known artists who hang on to paint brushes that they’ll never use again, housewife cooks who just can’t throw away cracked bowls or dented pans that served them too well to discard, and gardeners who keep bent shovels, worn hoes and toothless rakes because they can’t say goodbye. It may not be very logical for us to do these things, but it is human, and I am about as human as they come, particularly when it came to those boots.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Mike Lunsford
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Raw: Earthquake Rocks Mexico's Gulf Coast US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Raw: NH Man Held on $1M in Teen's Kidnapping Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH)
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity