Lasting Impressions

When I was a kid my mother took me to the shoe store before the start of each new school year.

There were only three rules:

1) I had to buy a new pair of shoes for school.

2) It could be any pair I wanted.

3) I had to pay half the cost.

To the best of my memory, we did this every single year.

I don’t think that there is anything that did more to shape my attitude toward consumption and personal responsibility, for better or worse, than those trips.


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