No Shoes For Sara

This story is of a little child who has no shoes.

Sara sits on the steps of her new home. She waits for her Mim to stop by. Sara is a lonely child, there are no other children in her neighborhood. Sara had hoped when her Mim told her of their moving that she would find some new friends. Not this time Sara, her mim said, we have very little money and this is the only place that will take us. So Sara sits and waits. Sara has on a little dress, much to small and to short for someone who is now going on six, but , Mim says it has to do for now. Sara has no shoes on as Mim can’t afford them so she goes barefoot all the time. Sara really doesn’t mind to much, just sometimes.One day when she and Mim went to the market she saw some children who had shoes on and wondered how they could wear them. Sara has never had shoes, she often thought that, that was the right thing and no one wore shoes, until she saw the children with them on. Sara asked her Mim about that one day and Mim says that’s just for people who have money and for me not to worry about shoes, as they are not that important.Sara is going to go to a small school this year, she is quilte excited about going and playing with the other children.She hasn’t ever had a playmate or friend because Mim says there are more important things in life then playing . When Sara asks her Mim if she will go to school this year her Mim turns and tells Sara that it’s out of the question. Sara starts to cry and asks why, she tells her Mim that there will be other children there and she will be able to play with them. Mim stops what she’s doing and bends down to Sara and say, Sara not this year, maybe next year.

Mim also tells her that since her mom and dad are not here with us any more we have to work together and make a home for each other. Sara’s really not sure what to say or do so she turns to leave and Mim reminds her that she can’t go anyways because she has no shoes. Sara couldn’t believe she couldn’t go to school because she had no shoes, so she says, why don’t I have shoes like the other children at the market Mim. I don’t ever remember having shoes, have I never had a pair she asks.
Mim looks at the child, she does love her so, but wonders just how long she’ll be able to keep her. Mim is not young any more and she now is sick, what will become of my Sara she womders. Sara is waiting for answer, Mim doesn’t know what to say to the child so she says, Sara we have no money for shoes and many times it even hard to feed you, do you understand what I am saying Sara. Sara shakes her head to acknowledge that she understands and turns away. She is so sad that she just leave the one and half rooms Mim has for them and goes back to sittling on the steps. Sara thinks about what her Mim has told her and instead of crying smiles, she loves her Mim so much.
Sara is not unhappy about not going to school, she will learn from her Mim, Mim will teach her and then she won’t have to worry about her dress or that she has no shoes. She smiles and heads back into the small rooms to be close to her Mim who also doesn’t have shoes.

No Shoes For Sara


Joined February 2008

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This is a short story of a child who has no shoes and she is able to understand that shoes aren’t really that important when you have someone who loves you .

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