For thousands of children and their babysitters, too,
And their brothers, and sisters and friends, all who
Have happy memories, of picnics, and hiding,
Of peeking out the windows, of climbing and sliding.
She must have been smart, that woman whose shoe
Was so inviting to children, she knew exactly what to do.
It is a whimsical throwback, a comfy place when all else fails, a connection to make-believe.
City record keepers say it is a mystery how the slide came to be.
Young lovers have been known to leave messages inside. Newcomers to
And more than a few couples have walked away from the shoe-slide holding hands, big ones and little ones. For this shoe, one size certainly does fit all.
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