She was a shoe-in
Tuesday May 21st 2019, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

In the Mormon church, they try to keep congregations small enough that they stay personal. If they get too unwieldy they get split.

Trying to remember if I mentioned this… The ward we were sharing a building with no longer fit in the chapel while ours had lots of renters, and with Silicon Valley landlords raising rents through the roof a lot of people have been moving out. We shrank.

So after quite a bit of work at finding the best solution, a chunk of the other ward got moved into ours, and we’re talking eighty people. On my self-appointed project of knitting something for every woman, I had after three years finally gotten to where I only had to knit a cowl when someone new moved in. Now… Well it’s going to take me awhile. Again.

Someone came up with an idea of how to give each of the women new and old a chance to tell a little about herself: she threw a potluck dessert party at her house and told everybody to bring a shoe and a story about it to introduce ourselves by.

Which turned out to be a really cool way to let the shy and the extrovert both feel at home, so I’m mentioning it here in case anyone else ever needs an icebreaker idea.

One mom of two small boys tried to let the turn go past her, and almost got away with it but we went back to her.

She confessed she had forgotten to bring a shoe. But distracted and forgetting, she shrugged, that was the life she’s living right now with small children.

The room was full of moms and people who love other people’s kids–the laughter was warm and understanding, and she sat down clearly feeling warmly welcomed.

Which was the point.

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Have I ever mention how much I enjoy reading your posts???

What a great idea! Such a gathering would have helped me feel more part of the group, I know that much.

Thank you for sharing this experience with us!

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 05.22.19 @ 11:39 am

That is such a good idea for breaking the ice. I have organized a few over the years, but never thought of shoes as a started. I shall tuck that away for future use.

And of course mothers (and those who love children) would welcome that young woman with or without a shoe – they have been in similar situations and completely understand. I’m glad she felt welcomed – a great point!

Chris S in Canada

Comment by Chris S in Canada 05.22.19 @ 9:20 pm

What a good idea! I find myself looking at people’s shoes now when I have people watching time, wondering what stories might go with the shoes and their people.

Comment by Mary 06.04.19 @ 2:02 pm

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