These are my favorite patent leather flats. I wore them to work today, and then it rained all day. I would have been better off with rain boots.
My Lifers Group was scheduled this afternoon, and I had to leave our building to get to the group room. I didn’t have an umbrella, and I had to carefully step around puddles to keep from getting my feet soaked. The lifers were waiting outside the door, watching as I approached.
One of them commented, “All of them days you come to group wearing Converse or closed shoes, and today when it’s raining, you got on those open shoes.”
To some people, that may have sounded like a criticism. What I heard underneath that gruff, convicted murderer/formerly active gang member’s comment, though, was, “It’s raining, and I’m concerned that your feet will get wet and you could catch a cold.” He may not have articulated those words, but I knew the sentiment was there.
“Yeah,” I said. “When I put these on this morning, I didn’t think it was going to rain.”
What I meant and didn’t say was, “Thanks. I know you care about my welfare.”