Followers & Spies
After an unsuccessful trip to the pool (it turns out that the public pools will be closed until June 24th), my mother and I decided to walk around 231st ST, which has numerous cheap shops. We went to a store that someone recommended my mother and we browsed its shoes’ aisle. There were plenty of cute shoes for (get this) under $10. So we put my mother’s $20 to good use.
As my mother and I picked out some cute shoes, Mami noticed a woman nearing us from the corner of her eye. Now this woman was skilled. If she was in the wild, she would’ve been a snake, slithing on the grass unnoticed to her prey. The stranger watched my mother as she tried on a cute pair of white sandals. After she deemed it to her satisfaction, she picked up a pair of white sandals in her size. Mami quickly said “Why is it that when you find something nice, some stranger comes around and spies it too?” I said “Shhh!” so the woman wouldn’t hear it.
The lady left, and two friends took her place. They looked at the cheap shoes. My mother and I walked away, and as we did, my mother commented on the black sandals. I said that they look ugly and dark for the summer. Well, I guess one of the ladies heard it because once I said that, she quickly slipped her foot out of the black sandal and into a blue one; acting like she didn’t prefer the black sparkly sandal.
It’s amazing how many people are followers. I would say 99% are followers, and then there’s the 1% who are unique enough to lead us through new modes of creativity (because anything new is simple and creative; simply creative).
Hmmm. Maybe I can use this stat to my benefit. Maybe, the next time I see a cute pair of Blahniks look-alikes and a girl is trying on the last pair in my size, I’ll just comment on the ugliness of the color and the displacement of the sparkle because a girl will do anything for a cute pair of stilettos.