She was cleaning out the shoe closet and neatly organizing all the shoes in it.? There were two things that struck her – first, each cubbyhole could hold one pair of her shoes, but only one each of his shoes.? So his shoes were occupying twice the space that hers were.? Second, she also realized that he had much more shoes than her.? This second realization was very troubling.
Isn’t it in the natural order of things that women should have more shoes than men??? Shouldn’t women have much more dresses and shoes and shouldn’t their closets be bigger than men’s?
She realized she was the victim of grave injustice.? Gender equality had been ruthlessly trampled down, and she hadn’t even noticed.? So she went in search of him.? (What, you thought he would have been nearby, helping her organize his shoes?)
“You have much more shoes than me,” she said in an accusing voice. “Your shoes are completely filling up the closet!”
“Well, you can always buy more shoes for yourself, then”, he said. “Have I ever asked you not to buy shoes? I always want you to buy more shoes.”
“But I don’t need more shoes right now!” she said. “That’s not the point.? I don’t want to buy more shoes. But how can you have so many shoes?? You don’t use half of them anyway.? I never see you wearing most of them.? I am going to donate all the shoes you don’t wear.”
“Come on, there aren’t that many shoes, are they ?”, he said, ever the calm one in a crisis. “There are just my four pairs of sneakers, 4-5 pairs of black shoes which you’ll agree are absolutely essential, 4 pairs of brown shoes which are also essential, then my golf shoes, my hiking shoes, winter boots and a few others.”
“I am not discussing this.” she said, putting on a stern face.? “Which one do you want me to donate?”
“I need all of them!” he said, picking up his favorite pair.? She wondered if he was going to hug them like a tree-hugger. Save my shoes! “Why don’t you buy more shoes if you want to have more shoes than me?”
“Well, for a start, this organizer does not have enough space for more.? Actually, this closet will not have space for new shoes.”
But he wasn’t listening, he had already turned away.? So she decided to do the next best thing.? She decided that at least, she needed parity in closet space.? So she stacked all his shoes on the floor, and made sure there were equal pairs of his and her shoes in the organizer.? That was fair, what?
Days later she realized that in hindsight, it wasn’t such a good idea.? He now happily leaves all his shoes on the floor, and all her organizing has been a waste of time.? She keeps tripping over his shoes every time she enters the house.
Plus, he buys more shoes now that he has all the space in the floor to fill.
So last weekend, she took the only choice left to her.? She bought more shoes for herself.? And a new organizer.? She still has much less shoes than he does, but she has learnt to make peace with it.
At least her handbags outnumber his wallets.