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Her

Me, for Her

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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

 


 

BARATHON

 

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

 

92 Responses to “Me, for Her

  • Awwww ! This one was so sweet and cute. I could visualize the little girl’s chubby face and her antics all along. Beautifully written.

  • awww..cute! I loved the narration from the POV of the tiny tot!

    • πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ tiny shoes you mean :)Thank you, Shubhangi!

  • awww chill someone wrote a happy happy story on this prompt. So much cuteness !! Loved it.
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    • Hehe! I didn’t want to write a tear jerker – so, figured I’d go with cute

  • Awe… that was cute. A different perspective.

  • 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!!

    • Thanks, Arpita. I’m so glad that you liked it. Well, didn’t want the shoe to feel lonely πŸ™‚

  • This was such a cute story Sid! I love the way you’ve described the baby from the perspective of the shoes! Loved this.

  • Oh wow!! LOVED this!

  • Well done! The ending surprised me even though I was expecting a twist. And thanks for a happy tale. This prompt seems to have opened the water works. πŸ™‚
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    • Sometimes there are no twists, Indy. Just the real deal in front of you πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • You are such a cute shoe Sid πŸ˜€ I loved the way you described the baby and how you observed her πŸ™‚

  • 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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    • 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™‚

  • Cute!! And, I loved how it flowed πŸ™‚ Well written Sid πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Shanx! Always great to get comments like these

  • Haha! Such a cute story, Sid. I loved the way you made it flow. Brilliant. ☺

  • 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.

    • Thank you, Sulekha. I wanted to put a fun spin on the prompt πŸ™‚

  • That is such a cute post and the stanza at the end makes it so so adorable. Cuddly post!!
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  • Your’s truly Tiny Shoes!! A novel take on the prompt. Beautiful.

    • Coming from such a talented writer such as yourself, that means so much. Thanks Nisha

  • Like most of above, I made me go “Awww”. But when you said- placed me on her lap- I was What! You surprised me Sid.
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    • Hehe! I think that was meant to be a hint of sorts πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • 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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  • That was an awesome take on the prompt- from the tiny-shoes point of view. I enjoyed reading it.

  • Cute piece! Loved the point of view πŸ™‚ The descriptions are very vivid too.
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  • What a cute way of describing things. I specially like the baby in picture and also like the sentance “like her knees made up of jelly”..
    πŸ™‚

  • 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

    • Well, if it did that, then I’m glad. Those are lovely memories aren’t they?
      Thanks Kala

  • 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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    • 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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    • Yes, even I thought so. This story reminds me of your “Fragile Lives’ post πŸ™‚
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  • You are the master of twist, and of minute detail. Reading you gives me the same contentment as a huge plateful of soul food.

    • Thank you, Dags! Comparing that to soul food – that’s made both my heart and stomach happy. I’m chuffed!

  • Such a cute story!
    And that part where the girl was warning the shoes that she’d eat him, too good πŸ˜€

  • 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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  • Great to read the sweet story narrated by the shoes, Sid!
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  • Very well written, Sid !!! I could not assume this story’s voice was from tiny shoes till the end. Beautiful take on the prompt !!!
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    • Thank you so much, Vasantha. I’m glad I succeeded with the ‘mystery’ πŸ™‚

  • 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˜€

    • Haha! Probably you are. That’s what happens whe you’re a regular πŸ™‚

  • Simply beautiful

  • Like the others here, I too was trying to guess in advance whose point of voice was being narrated and didn’t guess it till the end. Wonderfully done.

  • 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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    • Aww! Your comment is making me go aww now, Shalini.
      Thank you!! Comments like these make it all worth it

  • That was so so so cute!! Kept me guessing till the end where the story was headed! You are too good at prompts, Sid!
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    • Thank you, Nibha. I’m trying hard not to stick to a particular genre πŸ™‚

  • So cutely explained …and nice use of Tiny Shoe in the prompt
    I can imagine that little girl…

    • Thanks, Dixita! I consider my job done well then πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful poem at the end caught my attention more than anyhing else. Very sweet post ☺

    • Thanks, Ramya. I’m not much of a poet. That was just free-writing πŸ™‚

  • I am in love…..

  • Awwwww…that was so sweet and a completely different take. I am feeling all mushy inside….

  • Sid! this was a totally different take on the prompt… Well put!!!

  • So cute! If I didn’t know the prompt in advance, I would have never guessed the end. πŸ™‚

    • Hehe! Yes, the prompt is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? Thanks, Rachna!

  • Super adorable take on the prompt. Honestly did not see that end coming. And gosh I feel like cuddling her now, even though she is fictional!
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  • Awwwwww….that was simply adorable!! Cute little tiny tale! Sho shweet! πŸ˜€

  • Sweet completeness…..:)

    • I can’t help but smile at your comment. Thank you, Sunaina!

  • Aha! Loved your take πŸ™‚

  • The tiny shoes also have their tale to tell and how dramatic was the tale. Left me spellbound. Well this always happens to me when I visit here πŸ™‚
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  • Awwww. This is such a heartwarming story. Actully I think it is one of your best fiction pieces
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