Admitting De-feet. Heh.

Story Submitted by Meredith:

Dinner with Archie was a one-sided affair.  He talked a lot about himself, his life, his education, and his ex-girlfriend, who had obviously affected him greatly.

After dinner, I couldn't help but notice that he walked with a bit of a limp in his left foot.

"Everything okay?" I asked.

He glanced down at his shoes, which were, I noticed for the first time, on the wrong feet.

"I'm wearing my shoes on the wrong feet," he said, "I've been doing it for almost a year.  Since my breakup.  To remind me."

"That's probably bad for your back," I said, "To remind you of what?"

He said, "Of my breakup.  The day after, for the first time ever, I accidentally put my shoes on the wrong feet.  I don't know.  There's some kind of symbol there."

I stared at him, trying to find the right words.  "You've been walking around all year with your shoes on the wrong feet?"

"Until I find what I'm looking for," he said.

"A good podiatrist?  Or a therapist?" I blurted.  It was insensitive, I know.  But I had already decided that he was nuts.

"You don't understand!" he said, "You've never been in love, obviously."

"I have," I said, "But I've never been crazy enough to hurt myself in spite of it."

"Then you've obviously never been in love.  Love hurts," he said.

I had a sudden image of him bowling with his shoes on the wrong feet and doing a little dance, and I started laughing.

"Stop laughing!" he ordered, but I just couldn't get the picture out of my head.

"What do you want to do, now?" he asked.

"Go dancing.  Or do you have two left feet?" I laughed again.

He flared his nostrils.  I said, "I'm sorry.  I don't think this is going to work.  You're still hung up on someone."

"And you're a real bitch," he said.

And that's how we left it.


  1. Oh, way to go, OP....After your date, he now wears his pants backwards...he has to pull down his fly to take a shit.

  2. I second his last comment. Let's leave it at that.

  3. I think I'm a bitch too but that was funny. OP maybe you were a little harsh on the guy but I started laughing as well. I might have waited until after I left but still funny. Not to mention the fact that it has been a YEAR since they broke up we're not talking about a week who does that?

  4. Alright, anyone can take a breakup hard, but attributing some part of it to the fact you had your shoes on the wrong feet (how do you manage that by the way?) is just sad.

    And she was right about it being bad for his back, all he is doing is setting himself up for future (physical) pain.


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