Lost Shoe

Due to some technical changes around here including the purchase of a new scanner/printer that has not been set up yet, I don’t have my Friday Funny for today. Sorry. Hopefully we’ll be set around here by tomorrow?

In Rose’s world, one of the most traumatic things that can possibly happen is if her shoe falls off. Whenever her shoe falls off, she starts crying and screaming for help.


So I shouldn’t have been surprised by the trauma James Marshall’s version of “Cinderella” caused her.

At this age, Lily wouldn’t sit through a fairy tale to save her life, but Rose is all over anything that has to do with princesses… even if it’s not clear that the story is about a princess until the end. As we read “Cinderella” she hung on every word until we got to the page where Cinderella fled from the ball and left her shoe on the steps.

“OH NO! MOMMY! Rella shoe! Rella shoe stairs! RELLA SHOE!”

“Don’t worry, baby, she’ll get her shoe back.”


Here’s a video in which Rose remembers the trauma of what happens with Cinderella’s shoe. She also squeals here and then declares herself “too loud” and names a few My Little Ponies.

Anyway, back to the book. As you know, Prince Charming eventually brings Cinderella her lost shoe, but this served as no happy ending to Rose because in the James Marshall version Cinderella is never drawn with both feet in shoes again. One foot remains bare for the remainder of the story.

Every time we read this book (which is often because she asks for it) she spends the next hour coming up to me and saying “Oh no! Rella shoe!”

I’ve repeatedly explained that Cinderella gets her shoe back even though the drawing doesn’t show it, but Rose is not buying it. If Cinderella isn’t wearing two glass slippers, she’s lost forever. Every one needs two shoes all the time.

Unless, of course, we get home from being out and I don’t take Rose’s shoes off fast enough. When it comes to Rose and shoes, you just can’t win.


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