|My sister Diane tries on one of two pairs of Sorel boots I needed to clear out of the house. Now that she's moved to the Kootenays, she'll find them useful.|
|John took this photo of me in the boots in January of 2009. We haven't had snow like this for years.|
Sorel boots have thick felt linings and roomy toes. Put your feet in, and it's like plunging into warm carpeting from knee to toe. Once I walked home from work in a blizzard in my Sorel boots -- a three-hour journey in the dark on slippery, slushy streets, with wet snow still falling. By the end, the only part of me still dry was where the boots began.
I loved those boots, but things have changed since I took that walk in the snow. Winters are milder -- we're lucky to get rain these years, let alone snow. I'm retired, so I don't have to walk in miserable weather. And the boots -- I actually ended up with two pairs -- took up a lot of space.
Ever since a house-cleaning more than a year ago, they've loomed outside my basement office. How to get rid of them? There's not much call in climate-warming Vancouver for two nearly-new pairs of gigantic boots guaranteed to keep your feet toasty when it's down to minus 40.
My sister Diane has just moved to the Kootenays, which actually has a winter. When she was in town this week, she too fell for the cozy felt linings. She took the whole boot pile; whatever she doesn't use, guests might.
I like to think my boots will keep someone else's feet warm on cold winter nights. And the clear space outside my office door is wonderful.
|Boots this big take up lots of space. Along with the Sorels are a pair of hiking boots I wanted to get rid of too.|
|A well-booted sister.|