Thursday, August 26, 2010

There's No Place Like Home

This week's travels took me to Kansas by way of Kansas City, Missouri. 

As a kid, I was so confused by the fact that Kansas City is not the capital of Kansas.  Not even in Kansas for that matter.

I remember telling the teacher defiantly, "That would be like New York City being the capital of Connecticut!"

Just not right, I tell ya.  Just not right.

On the plus side, I was always able to remember that the capital of Kentucky was Frankfort.  See, "frankfort" reminded me of frankfurters (hot dogs) which reminded me of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Frankfurters, Kentucky.  Who could forget that?  (I was a twisted kid, what can I say?)

On one of my previous business trips I wrote about the Alamo for no other reason than I was there.  Clearly I need more hobbies when I am challenging myself to write a blog post tying life balance to the battle at the Alamo.    (Okay, so I'm still twisted.)

So, there I was sitting in the lobby of my Kansas hotel waiting for my ride to the client site.  Knowing I wanted to do some blogging during my trip, I passed the time trying to come up with a good writing challenge. 

Something about Kansas.  Hmmm...   The Wizard of Oz.   Of course!  There must be a way to tie life balance to such a great, iconic story.

Too bad I'm not staying in Wichita, I thought.  Wicked Wichita.  Wichita of the West.  The Good Wichita.    My mind searches for more ideas.    What else?

Trying not to let my inner brainstorm die down, my eyes scan the room for inspiration.  It's a standard issue Marriott. 

I got nuthin.

My co-worker arrives with rental car keys in hand.  "Me" time is officially over.  I give up with a sigh and reach down to pick up my computer bag.

My eyes lock on my shoes.  My red shoes.  My ruby red, I'm-not-even-kidding-you, pointy toe, patent leather shoes.  In my mind it is a totally amazing fluke that I am in Kansas wearing my ruby red pumps.  What are the chances?

But what I think of next (after I snap a quick picture; see right), is that these are my 10-year old Miss M's favorite shoes.  And I have a lot of shoes.

She calls them my "fabulous" shoes. 

For the rest of the day, whenever I got a pang of stress or fatigue I just looked at my shoes, thought of Miss M and let the joy of her spirit wash over me.

"There's no place like home," I thought and chuckled inside.  My own little private joke kept me company and kept me smilin'.

When I finally got home after several hours of planes, trains and automobiles, I told Miss M. about my trip and the fabulous shoes in the land of Oz.

Without skipping a beat she said, "Mom - you could have gotten home so much sooner if you had just clicked your heels!"

Not sure if my fabulous shoes will be the thing to put Delta Airlines out of business, but it's a great reminder that home is always just one thought away.

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foxy said...

Wow. They ARE fabulous! I'd even go so far as to say FEROCIOUS, sister! Rawr!

I love how the color fades to black... so cool!

Sarah said...

Those are some seriously pointy shoes! I'd be thinking of home as well if I wear those. Home to take them off, that is. ^_^

Charlene said...

LOL @ Sarah... actually they are quite comfy. :-)

Thanks Roxy! said...

great shoes! glad you had a way to stay centered... it makes the time away pass so much faster!

Maricris Zen Mama said...

Lovin' the shoes! So fancy if you ask me. Love it!

tc said...

I live close to KC or KC MO as we call it. From MO we just think it's a mistake they named it after Kansas.....LOL
I LOVE the shoes, I LOVE red shoes and I LOVE the wizard of oz...

Joanna said...

Oh, to have a pair of red shoes... Definitely next on my need to get list. Thanks for stopping by my place!

Missa said...

wow.. I love those shoes. And I really like Kansas City too. They have a great zoo, and my favorite restaurant, Lidia's.


Crystal Escobar said...

That is so cute! I loved that story :)

The Guy's Perspective said...

It's one of my favorite lines and scenes from any movie. Very memorable!

Judy Harper said...

I remember pointy shoes! Kids have a way of keeping us humble don't they?

Shauna said...

New here!
Would love for you to come visit me too :)

♥The Sweet Life♥ said...

Hi!! Thanks for stopping by feel free to follow my blog!! I love your blog, I now am following you. That's great that you have Italian ancestry too.

♥The Sweet Life♥ said...

I hope you enjoy your weekend too. I agree having free time is great!

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