Wednesday, October 18, 2006

shoe mama

thinking i'd find a place near my office to drop my shoes off i walk past this place
i enter and a teeny italian lady named maria shouts at me, "hello! what you need!" (not phrased as a question, but more like: whatever it is, i have it!)
"um, just the heels redone on these shoes," as i pull them out of my bag. "how much?"
in one swift movement she's taken the shoes out of my hand, thrown them to a guy in back all while yelling "six dollars! while you wait! tonio, now! while the lady waits! rush job tonio!!!"
she seems to know the other people coming in by name. she orders them around also. already, i felt like family. "next time, soles done," she says to the woman behind me. 
a young man comes in with a pair of slingbacks with a broken buckle, "you bring in for wife. good husband. come back, one week!"
and all of a sudden, less than three minutes after they'd been whisked away, my shoes were back up front, looking beautiful. "you want nice bag for these! saks fifth avenue! fancy store!" as she puts my shoes in the charcoal grey bag i noticed autographed pictures (one from al pacino) addressed to maria hanging in frames. what kind of a shoe place is this?
still yelling at me, "your first time here!" again, not a question, a statement. "you'll be back. welcome to the club, welcome to the club!"
maria, i'll see you soon.

4 people who played with me:

Blogger Joefish said...

While you wait, even. Nice.

10/18/2006 12:29 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

now THAT'S BEAUTIFUL! that's the REAL new york- the good kind!

thanks jaz! i needed that! :)

10/18/2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger cadiz12 said...

i love people like that. i went to a tailor once when my machine was broken and she knowingly smiled at me and said, "oh, YOU'LL be back. just wait and see." i loved that. she did a kickass job, too.

10/18/2006 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's awesome. nothing better than a maternal-like italian woman and great service.

10/19/2006 11:01 PM  

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