After I left work, mom and I went out for lunch, and I took her to a Mexican restaurant she's never been to. We spent some time wondering around the mall, and when we were about half way through the journey we ran into her younger sister, who had stopped in to purchase some shoes for her husband for father's day.
Mom and I accompanied her to Finish Line, where I was hit hard with a realization. Mom was looking at a pair of shoes when the sales person (a boy I went to high school with) approached her and started making his pitch. The shoes mom was looking at were called Brooks, and apparently they can do everything but actually walk for you. They have a thing in the arch that's supposed to stabilize your foot and make you walk straighter. Then there's this button of air you can see on the sole of the heel that is supposed to adjust to the pressure on your feet when you step down. The salesman talked for probably 3 minutes without taking a breath, just giving information about this high-tech, yet surprisingly normal looking shoe.
My mind was blown. I sat on a bench for a moment, trying to imagine what it would be like to be a person who had lived without shoes my entire life, and walking into a store like this.
Then my mind took it a little farther - this is just one store in the mall. There are at least 3 other stores devoted solely to shoes in the mall, not to mention all the department stores and small chains that sell shoes too. We could shoe an entire country without making a dent.
Realizations like this one make me incredibly sad and humble but blessed and motivated all at the same time. There are so many days I go through without thinking about what I have, about all I've been given and privileged to, and I use those gifts to maintain or obtain my own selfish desires.
Does anyone else think about these things? Surely I can't be the only one...