Me, for Her


I remember when I first saw her.


She was dressed in a pink pinafore dress, her little baby hair clumped to one side, gently cascading over her eyes. Her mother tried hard to tie it into little pigtails on both sides. But she just pulled at them and it went back to the little mess it was. I watched her move towards me, wobbling to and fro, like her knees were made of jelly. I almost cried out in shock when she fell down with a thump. It was only later that I realised that she’d fallen on her diaper-padded bottom. I smiled as she suddenly sat up and clapped wildly as if falling on her little behind was part of her grand and elaborate plan all along.


She chuckled and clapped some more. She eyed me carefully, as she stuffed her chubby fingers into her mouth – all of them at once. I wondered if she was trying to send me a message – a warning perhaps, stating she wouldn’t hesitate to eat me if I upset her; which she did try one day, but I digress.


I watched anxiously as she gagged. And then breathed a relieved sigh, when her mother swept in from behind like a giant bird protecting her young. As she was hoisted high onto the shoulders, out came the fingers – sticky and yucky, as they grabbed her mama’s blonde locks. I remember her giggles as they glided towards me – it came in fits and bursts; from loud to soft and then loud again.


I remember thinking: ‘Oh! If only I could hug her!’


Someone must have heard me because my wish came true. Her mama put her on the seat and placed me on her lap. She observed me carefully – both curious and puzzled at once. I shuddered a little, as she ran her chubby little fingers overΒ my every bump and curve.


And then I saw her smile – the silkiness of my Red reflected in the icy blue depths of her eyes. It was love at first sight.



We were perfect together,

Yet different to each other

Me, the tiny shoes for her feet,

She, the one who made me complete





Today is Day five of the #BarAThon - The prompt is : "Tiny Shoes'


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  1. What a creative take on the very direct prompt! Here we kept thinking about feet!! Haha. Lucky shoes. I wish I was the tiny shoe, for I long for a little girl gurgling away to glory!!

  2. I KNEW you were talking about the shoes! I am so tuned to the prompt that I find myself guessing the twist! Sigh. I am such a freak. I reached for the tissue when she stuck her fingers in her mouth πŸ™‚

    I wonder why everyone leans towards red shoes? Although, yes, they’re cute.
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    1. Well, the prompt is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? πŸ˜›
      I leaned towards red shoes because if we’d had a daughter I wanted her first pair to be a pair of red ones πŸ™‚

  3. Sid, The first thing that got me while reading your amazing story was that the baby’s mom will have to wash her sticky hair πŸ™‚ This was such a welcome change from all the sad and tragic tales, mine was right up there πŸ™‚ Thank you for brightening up my gloomy day.

  4. Such a cute story. Your writing creates nice imagery. But, I thought it’s another little one watching her from the crib. πŸ™‚

    I can understand this ‘love at first sight’. Nice take!
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  5. Oh, those wonder years of sticky fingers, messy home, diapers nd baby powder…all that came back to me with this post! I thought it would be a toy car! Fab take on the prompt, Sid

  6. That was a cute one. I thought it was another toddler watching the little girl till you came to the bit about ‘will she eat me too’. Oh and I have a bunch of memories of the twins chewing on shoes. What a trial! You took me back to their childhood – the images – falling on their diapered bottoms .. too cute.
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    1. I think that’s the way I wanted everyone to think – a toddler, or probably a sibling.
      Thanks, Tulika. I’m glad you went to your happy space reading it.
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  7. That was so cute and adorable, Sid! I love that phase of childhood with hair always messy and fingers always licked and yucky. And those curious eyes gazing at everything. Lovely! Miss those childhood days of the girls. πŸ™‚
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  8. I somehow guessed after the first few lines but it was written so sweetly. Had to finish!
    Am I getting a grasp of your writing style Sid? πŸ˜€

  9. Made me go aww from the very beginning. And as always, a twist at the end. Sid, you are brilliant. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. One of the bests! πŸ’•πŸ’•
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