Shining Dad’s Shoes

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  1. This is so beautifully written. It reminds me of my own childhood and the few times that I also polished my dad’s shoes for him. I loved the smell of the polish and the shoeshine kit: so many accoutrement for the job. The wooden box, the polish, the brush…

    You really took me back to a fond memory. Thanks!

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    1. I’m so glad this meant something to you. I wasn’t sure if it would be a bore. But that horsehair brush and little tin of polish does bring back fond memories, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for your comment – I thought there might be some other shoe polishers out there 🙂

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  2. This is beautiful. 🙂 I’m pretty sure there aren’t a lot of people my age who polish their shoes, but I definitely remember my grandfather doing it when I was little. My grandparents helped raise me for the first five years of my life, and I always loved sitting on grandpa’s lap and helping him take care of his shoes!

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    1. I love the image of you sitting on your grandpa’s lap – it’s so comforting 🙂 Thank you for sharing. I’m glad to know that others have fond memories of their dad’s and grandpa’s shoe shine days.

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  3. I kind of remember polishing shoes when I was little. I know that I used to wear leather boots and when I would see those shoe shines guys at the mall, I would hop in the chair and have them polish my boots. I just wear tennis shoes now.

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  4. I wonder about that too – I remember by Dad and my Dad’s Dad doing it and had all but forgotten until I read this post. It is a shame to see such a nice tradition go out the window. I’m all nostalgic now – beautifully written!

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