Wearing Cinderella’s Slippers

is my first post for The Stiletto Gang. I feel fortunate to be asked to
join the group. Already, the other posters have sent me warm
welcoming messages, which I very much appreciate. A grand thing about the writing community is the support offered and received. Maybe there is an enabling factor that urges authors who work so much in
solitude to reach out to others who aspire to follow their path. An
overwhelming generosity of spirit flows from writers who have made
their mark to those toiling to achieve success.

looking at past posts, I see that I’ll be filling a spot long held by Evelyn
David, one of the founding members of the blog and a very prolific writing team
of Marian Edelman Borden and Rhonda Dossett
I’m humbled by the opportunity and know I have large shoes to fill. And, I’m
grateful to my fellow posters for handing me Cinderella’s slippers.
I just hope I don’t lose one or, if I do, that it’s returned by a prince!
I considered my first message, I kept thinking about shoes. Shoes often seem to
have been used in literature to define women. Consider the epic battle that
ensues when Dorothy gets the witch’s ruby red slippers. Yet, eventually, those
shoes become the vehicle that transports Dorothy home, on her own power.
I was young, after school, I would wait in my mother’s classroom while she
attended teachers’ meetings. I would listen to the footsteps coming down the
hall and learned to recognize hers returning.
when I went out into the workplace, I saw women navigating the sidewalks in
high heels, their staccato tapping emphasizing their focus and determination as
well as their rushing to the next appointment. The sound of their steps signaled
a giddy assurance that they were in the right place and making important
contributions through their work.
I visited New York City, I walked along the streets, feeling a stronger
connection with the place as my sneakers trod its thoroughfares. I had read
that Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, who loved to travel, adored having
someone stop and ask her for directions in a location she was visiting, because
that made her feel as if she were part of the place. I remember my own thrill
when I advised a tourist on a New York street corner. A sense of belonging is
so reassuring.
guess my favorite shoe image comes from To
Kill a Mockingbird
, when young Scout realizes Atticus is correct in
telling her we never truly understand a person until we have a chance to walk
in his shoes. To me, the scene where Scout stands on Boo Radley’s porch envisioning
all that had happened in their town through his eyes is a truly powerful piece
of writing.

thank you, Stiletto Gang, for including me among your posters. Thanks for your
encouragement and for believing in me, a short story writer who strives to be a
novelist. And, thanks for providing this forum for those of us who love
mystery, romance, suspense, thrills, and good writing.

A legislative attorney and former law librarian,
Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have been published in Kings River Life, the Bethlehem
Writers Roundtable
, Mystery Times
Ten 2013
(Buddhapuss Ink), and A Tall
Ship, a Star, and Plunder
(Dark Oak Press and Media, 2014). Her next short
story, “Moving On,” will appear in A
Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman
, an anthology due to be
released by Mozark Press in November or December 2014. She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at
http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com. Her personal blog is http://littlesourcesofjoy.blogspot.com,
and her website is http://paulagailbenson.com.

24 replies
  1. Art Taylor
    Art Taylor says:

    Enjoyed your first post! A nice way to introduce yourself (and step into those shoes on a good step).

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Thank you, Art. Speaking of lucky shoes, may I borrow yours sometime? Congratulations on the Macavity. Time to celebrate!

  2. Julie
    Julie says:

    Paula, welcome! Your arrival means I'm not the newest newbie in the gang! Lovely post – especially for a woman who adores shoes!

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Thank you, Jacqueline. Shoes are almost as wonderful as purses, aren't they? There's nothing happier than a new fashion accessory!

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Thanks, Kaye! I'm wearing my director shoes again this year and missing having your music as part of the production.

  3. Maggie Toussaint
    Maggie Toussaint says:

    I enjoyed your post, Paula. So nice of you to have red shoes everywhere – I'm very drawn to red anything! Anyway, I'm sure you'll fit "write" in with all these other fine folks.

    Best wishes, Maggie

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Thank you, Maggie. I love red, too. I'm excited by this opportunity and looking forward to seeing you in Alabama in February. Let's wear red for the Tide!

  4. E. B. Davis
    E. B. Davis says:

    Interesting post, Paula. I read and interviewed Evelyn David (loved the dog!) But Paula–sandals, think beach sandals. Shoes do tell. Sometimes, the lack of shoes also tells. May you have days of freedom without shoes!

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Elaine, I knew I should have talked with you before posting. How could I forget my favorite beach wear. Must mean I'm due a visit soon! Thanks!

  5. KM Rockwood
    KM Rockwood says:

    Nice first blog for this group!

    I have to admit my most memorable shoes have been steel-toed work boots, required along with a hard hat & heavy gloves, for some of the jobs I've held.

    And I can't forget the motorcycle boots that protected my ankles from the hot exhaust pipe on ill-advised weekend runs.

    Somehow I missed having a dress shoe phase.

    Kathleen Rockwood

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      My goodness, Kathleen, I want to read your shoe blog now. What a diversity of footwear. Wow. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your dress shoe phase is close at hand.

    • Paula Gail Benson
      Paula Gail Benson says:

      Thanks, DV. Hearing her steps let me know that we'd be going home soon. It sounds corny, but her steps became much anticipated!

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