Sunday, 4 October 2009

MissM, distraught

MissM
I have terrible, terrible news...
MrsM
Oh no! Oh no!
(thinks:
Death
Terminal Illness
Expulsion
War
Natural Disaster)


MissM
My school shoes have been banned!
MrsM
Oh no! Oh no!
(thinks:
they would not have done that
if they had known
how long I sat in that shop
while MissM agonised
about whether the heel
was a fraction too high.)



Heel Height = 83mm

MissM
What am I to do?
MrsM
You could wear your other shoes
(thinks:
heel is fractionally lower
but they are lace up
and look sensible
and practical)

Heel Height = 65mm

MissM
It seems such a shocking waste
and I only wobbled slightly
because I was running in them.

21 comments:

  1. I would have wobbled terribly just walking! Have never been able to manage heels. Hopefully Miss M can still wear them in the evenings? K x

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  2. They do the same every year - and then forget about it later! She will probably be able to bring them out again in the spring when it has all been forgotten about. One of the most memorable uniform rules from my time was that 'a full complement of underwear must be worn at all times'!!! I think they meant that the girls mustn't bounce around bra-less. Not an issue nowadays, I suspect.

    Pomona x

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  3. phew.

    that is one conversation I will definitively won't have to have with my lot.

    (I hope)

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  4. Crumbs! I remember being told what style of shoe we were allowed to wear. It was a choice between simple brown lace-ups with a seam up the middle (pasties) or brown t-bars.

    When I first started the nuns used to make girls kneel and unless dresses reached the back of the knee then a letter went home about decency and decorum. Obviously one never came back to our house.

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  5. I love the grown-up who chose those shoes and the little girl who decided to run in them.

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  6. I just loved the two previous comments: (Anne Bebbington's and Peppermintpatcher's). My mother actually was with me and BOUGHT a pair of wedges for me to wear to school when they were on their "second time around" in the early seventies. She had loved them "first time around" and I think just wanted to relive the wearing of them through me....... I can remember sitting in the shoe shop thinking all my Christmases had come at once! (My mother was USUALLY such a stickler for correctness re school uniform).

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  7. Don't talk to me about shoe shops. I may cry.

    You are a top mum though. My mother still refuses to believe that anyone can walk properly in 65mm heels.

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  8. why has everyone gone metric ?? what's wrong with inches

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  9. I was never allowed heels that high
    On the other hand, it wasn't ever a massive issue as I demanded flat mary janes for most of my later years in school. This turned out to be a brilliant coup as when we got to sixth form, all the girls who had been staggering around in heels came to school in trainers and ballet pumps and said to me "have you always been that tall?". Why yes, yes I have. Mwah-ha-ha-ha

    [to regain sanity in this comment - I'm only 5'7" so not that tall, but its great now when I wear big heels as I can feel really rather tall indeed. Hurrah!]

    xxx

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  10. gosh, when my little girl gets older, I will have to insist she wears the sensible ones for school ... just so I can happily wobble about in the lovely ones :-)

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  11. It was 'Clarks clompers' or bust when I was at school. Perhaps that's the reason I've never mastered heels.

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  12. 83mm? Lordy, I couldn't crawl in them, let alone run.

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  13. Heels? We had flatties and lace ups.. not at all elegant! Both pairs of Miss Ms are gorgeous.

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  14. If they didn't stipulate the maximum heel height permitted in millimetres in the uniform list, they haven't got a leg to stand on.

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  15. oh my, those are way too high for me, I would wobble sitting down....

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  16. Perceptions of 'terrible' and 'tragedy' - how I laughed. My granddaughter broke a fingernail which fell into her science experiment and ruined it. Guess which she thought was tragic! Bobby x

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  17. You all should see how teenagers dress for school here.
    You either laughed or cried.
    I like both pairs btw.
    Paola

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  18. Oh Miss M, what a tonic you are! I remember my own, ever so slightly wobbly, school shoes and my what a tragedy it would have been to have them banned, the heel was the very pride of the sixth form, so welcome after 5 years of laced up moccasin and knee length socks.

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