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  • Cheri Cameron Newell

The Shoe Sheriff

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

Did you know there's a new sheriff in town that polices shoes?

Charli was crying when I picked her up from preschool.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“Emily said my shoes are Against The Law!”

I tried not to laugh.

“That Emily is mean,” Charli’s twin brother, Jordan, blurted out.

“I’m never going to wear these shoes again,” she wailed.

“I’m the Shoe Sheriff,” I said. “The Newell Code says they are under the jurisdiction of cute! You can tell Emily that your daddy, the Deputy, thinks so too.”

“Really?” Charli stopped sniveling. “So they’re not against the law?”

“Nope, they’re not. Do you like your shoes?”

“Yes, I do,” Charli sniffed. “As long as I like them, that’s all that matters... right?”

“That’s right, Charli.”

As we pulled into the driveway, the corners of her mouth turned up on her tear-stained face.

“See Sissy, everything’s okay.” Jordan patted her hand.

After this incident, I realized how early children conform to peer pressure. I never remembered worrying about other kids opinions... maybe because advertisers didn’t market to young children like today. We just didn’t care about where our clothes came from... or maybe I didn’t... as long as they were cute and clean. But the commercials today have found a new target audience... our kids... selling an idea of what’s supposed to be cool!

“It’s okay to be a dork,” Jordan said, “because dorks are smart.”

“I am never going to let anybody tell me what shoes to wear, ever again!” Charli huffed.

“I like how your minds work!” I said, smiling.


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