Friday, May 28, 2010

The Basket Sandals

I love the beautiful pattern it left in the dusty brown sand. They were tiny fragments of square & circles intertwined. All around the school compound, you could see them splayed across sometimes intersecting one another. It stood out from the rest, it was unique. Those were the sole patterns of the basket sandal.

I loved the basket sandals. Back in the days, they were the raining rubber sandals in school. Everybody had them, I mean, everybody. Ify had them and you’d often see me trail behind her as we trudged home together from school under the hot sun. I loved watching the pattern it left in the sand. Ify will wear hers with a set of sparkling white socks which always made it look grander. My own sandal was a brown ugly one which was bigger than my feet. I wanted the basket sandal too, all the girls had it, I loved the beautiful pattern it made on the earth. My Mum said I didn’t need it because I had a very good one which will last me for some years. I was desperate, I wanted the basket sandal just like all the other girls, I wanted to wear it with my socks and look just as smart as Ify. I will go the extra length to get it! So I began to wear my ugly school sandal everywhere I went, to church, to play, to visit, even at home I would wear it, the faster it wears, the quicker I got another one. One afternoon as I was coming from school, “plap!”it snapped. It cut from the sole, I was glad! I knew I had to work extra hard in convincing my mother that what I needed wasn’t a repair but a new one, alas I did and she conceded. Guess what I bought? – The beautiful basket sandal!!!..I still think of this & smile- the frivolities of growing up. Can’t believe I lost sleep over I think so little.

I’ve been following a lot of amazing blogs on the Ville lately eventhough the Ville has been generally kinda quiet, I’ve been having fun. I miss Original Mgbeks soooo terribly, sisto, update more often now!!!, Olufunke, Enkay, where are you galz???. Thank God for ExSchoolnerd, for delivering her from evil. There’s no need apologizing for my usual disappearance, it sounds all very cliché now. Hooray to the Naija Bloggers award, can see a couple of my favorite blogs there. Will surely vote for ‘em.

Yáll have a nice weekend!!!


oluSimeon said...

i think i worried over toy guns.. lol

Anonymous said...

The basket sandals..... We all did have our little (weird) desires.

histreasure said...

lol..i remember know, your mom prolly know what your lil smartass was up to..

2cute4u said...

Lol.. Had a similar experience.Always seemed like when sandals were going out of vogue that it would then be bought for me.. Annoying!
I had fun here.

Myne Whitman said...

I had those basket sandals at a point, abandoned my leather ones. Guess what? They didn't last out the term, lol.

Will we see you more often? :):)

Beulah! said...

@Simeon, all boys loved toy

@rethots, i had a lot of those growing up, it was like i wanted everything

@histreasure, ofcourse she did know, she just aloowed me have my way

@2cute4u, i tell u!!...always got it wen it got out of vogue, annoying!!!

@Myne, oh u did???....i tell u, it was d raining sandals back in d dayz. I hope 2 stick around long, thnks

Tisha said...

i loved this
i think my fav shoes were my strapped brown leather sandals

i still like straps till date only a little higher... like four inch heels instead of two inches i wore then

Hi, i love your blog, simply!

Beulah! said...

@Tisha, Oh straps, yea, i love them too...Thanks Tisha

Original Mgbeke said...

Childhood was so much fun abi? The things that we worried our pretty heads over.
I definitely had my basket sandals and rocked them well well. Heehee

My lady, I am trying to update more this month o! I still full ground o jare.

Beulah! said...

@O/M, Childhood ws sweet no b lie. Pls try update more often oo..gbadun ur posts

QMoney said...

well,i had basket sandals and shaba(please tell me u know that as well)in junior school but by snr school,we had to upgrade to leather oh so as not to look like dem junior

Olufunke said...


Where have you been
I know those basket sandal!!! How I longed for them,I envied those girls with it, but my mum would not hear of it, it was always a 'bata' sandals.
Funny! many memories!

Hope to hear more from you

jessica said...

lovely sandals