Rise and Shine

“Rise and shine,” my father said.

To the commoner, it would sound as if my father were beckoning for me to awaken. But I knew better. It was my father’s idea of a joke. You see, we were shoe shiners, some of many in the kingdom. Originally we owned a shoe shop, but with our meager earnings we were forced to close down.

Oh, how I hated shining shoes. My father hoped to one day reopen his shop, for he loved making shoes. He loved the smell of the leather, the sound of nails being pounded, and the pride of displaying his creations. I, however, hated shoes. I longed to work in the palace as one of the king’s loyal servants.

I guess I must have wished upon a shooting star, for my dreams finally became real. One of the king’s most trusted advisors, while having his boots polished, noticed my father’s handmade shoes. The gentlemen loved them and asked for a pair. He presented them to the king, who immediately ordered that my father become the palace shoemaker and have his own shop. As a special gift, he asked me to work for him, a task he would delegate to none other than myself.

I was ecstatic. My heart racing, I was told to kneel in front of the king. A jar was handed to me, and the king plunked his boot on the stool in front of me.

“Rise and shine.”

Rise and Shine

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