Don't come undone when I tell you the story of the boots. 

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The other night I noticed these boots  as I was leaving Wellness Rocks in Clinton, NJ.  Wellness Rocks is a Holistic Health & Wellness Center where I was attending a class with Perry Kroeger.  

 

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                                  My friend Perry has been an important part of the international art scene for over 30 and I was elated to join in on one of his classes.    Back to "The Boots"......   I wanted to know more about them. Where had they been? Who did they belong too? Why would someone buy a pair of boots that were made to look worn and old?   I was taken by the style. Everyone that saw them love them. A few of us joked that if we could have, we would have found a way out the door with one boot under each arm.   Why all this fuss over a pair of boots? My one friend Armand  joked and said "I don''t know who owns them? Maybe they belonged to someone from " The Waltons."   All kidding aside, I think he were on to something.....  

The Waltons was an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and World War II. The story of is about the family of John Walton Jr. (known as John-Boy), his parents, John and Olivia Walton, their seven children.

  I (like many other kids my age) was raised on Television. "The Waltons" was one of the  shows that taught me a lot about family values, integrity and hard work, etc. It taught me about overcoming adversity during troubling times  and about the honesty and living an humble life. The simplicity of it's setting brighten my day. It  helped me to understand the history of the past era in a real and human way. I believe in my heart of hearts , that "The Boots" embodied the same message that the Waltons plot contained. For this reason, everyone wanted to have them just the same.    A sidenote.....My son took this photograph below while in an old abandoned  industrial building, where the sole of these boots and the souls of their owners each tell a story of their own.  industrial_workbooks                           They are real boots...scuffed, creased, floppy and spotted..... Perry's class  was both insightful and spiritual in a very Jungian psychology way. My favorite !  I can't wait to take another one of his classes.  As you can see from my post, upon leaving the class it was hard to see even a simple pair of boots in the same way.... Here is a photo of me ...it was taken a little over three years ago when I was just turning 50...  the way that I am sitting reminded ,e of an "old boot" floppy, spotted and most of all aged!
Dorothy Salvatori, a.k.a. "Raw Chef Dosa"

Dorothy Salvatori, a.k.a. "Raw Chef Dosa"

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