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UploadedJanuary 15, 2009
TakenJanuary 15, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D60
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length18 mm
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Sometimes, when my children are tucked into bed and my hubby nods off on the couch-I go into my closet and take out a brand new pair of pointe shoes.
I snip the ribbons off and get out my needle and white dental floss, as regular thread isn't strong enough.
I've had these "brand new" pointe shoes for over two years now and they have never been used.
After I'm done sewing them, I'm ready to try them on but first I like to break them in a bit first. Sometimes I'll put them in the doorframe and close the door on them gently, to make them mold right or sometimes I'll give them a few whacks with the hammer. That works too.
During this process I always think of one of my old dance teachers and what she used to tell us in pointe class.
She used to say for us to never go too long without wearing your pointe shoes, wether you are injured or for whatever reason to always remember your artistry by always making sure your feet don't "soften" up..It took a lot of sacrifices to "build up" your feet...
We used to kind of giggle a little when we heard that, but you never think of when it could be your time to retire. But, during these quiet nights I have alone with my pointe shoes and my ugly feet, I like to remember her and think of how right she was.

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  • Aslyn Struble

    Aslyn Struble said (15 Jan 2009):


  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    photo and story is just great...many years of hard work brought back to life with a picture and the right words...

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo said (15 Jan 2009):

    Thank you very much. :)

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful photo and touching words.

  • Megan Green

    Megan Green said (15 Jan 2009):

    Excellent! Great photo and story. Very personal. Thanks.

  • Teresa

    Teresa gave props (15 Jan 2009):


  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    what a treat tonight... your photo and story! thanks!

  • d s

    d s gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    just amazing...you have a great series going!!

  • Marcia Klue

    Marcia Klue gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    nicely done - the soft muted tones work well, and the black background is perfect. Well composed, as well - 2 thumbs (toes??) up!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    I can't decide which is better...the pic or the story...Cool compo.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    very nice!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Jan 2009):

    Great photo and story. Thanks for sharing this with us, Mel.

  • John Caruso

    John Caruso gave props (22 Jan 2009):

    Great story and a fantastic photograph!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    Like this a lot!!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    Like this a lot!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Mar 2009):

    A great tribute!

  • Luigi Aureli

    Luigi Aureli gave props (27 Aug 2012):

    very nice!

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