The other day at the mall we spotted a pair of black Doc Martens with little designs on them of wings and such. Of course we coveted them. They were not cheap. Then it occurred to us that we have a couple of black Docs that are nearly 20 years old and still perfectly serviceable, and we could customize one of them.
We consulted Chus, who said we could use a Sharpie to write on the leather, then apply acrylic sealer.
We can’t draw, but we love handwriting. But what to write? What would fit the boots? Which books feature a lot of walking? Jane Austen, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, J.R.R. Tolkien were among the candidates.
We chose the first and last lines of The Catcher in the Rye. There was space left over, so we added “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life”. There’s a blank spot we’ll ask Chus to draw on.
Later we remembered how the narrator’s late kid brother Allie used to write on his baseball glove so he’d have something to read while standing on the mound.
Anyway we started writing short stories in high school by imitating Salinger.
We haven’t sealed it yet, in case we change our mind.
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Not content with writing on our boots, we turned the Sharpie on a bag. We have this white tote we seldom use because when our friends see us with it they are bothered. It is too “normal”. Such is our typical manner that we can wear headbands with horns and eyeglasses with cat ears and no one would comment on them, but when we wear a conventional bag they are offended. (More for the bag than for us, we suspect.)
Now that we’ve written the first lines of Swann’s Way on it, in mirror-writing, it’s “us”.