The Shoe Tree
A tree dripping with shoes surprised me as I sped past it at 60mph (96kph for those who use kilometers) on SR421. I hit my brakes but too late to turn into the nearby driveway without swerving and perhaps sliding into a ditch. Luckily, no one was behind me. Instead, I continued north until I found a place to turn around.
Who hangs shoes on trees on a main state road? Who nails sneakers to the trunks? Who scatters shoes under the tree? All these questions passed through my thoughts as I stared at this curiosity.
I looked around for clues and noticed the rusted cars lined up on an old paved lot behind the tree.
They looked like old muscle cars or perhaps stock cars or, well, I really have no clue since I am clueless about cars. But they looked like they have potential and are not headed to a scrap yard.
Prominent “Keep Out” and “No Trespassing” signs stood out everywhere. But the only barrier to keep people out was a blue cord draped across the property. Hardly a deterrent for anyone wanting to get a closer look at the cars.
So I started thinking. Lots of warning signs prominently placed but with a flimsy barrier that serves no purpose except to define where the “keep out” zone begins. Hmmmm. So how DO they keep people out?
That’s it! It must be the tree! See all those shoes? Those are the shoes of the many who trespassed. Those shoes belonged to people who dared to cross the barrier and sneak onto the property to…to, what? Look into a window? Steal a car? Well, whatever their motives, they passed the barrier.
And that’s when all hell broke loose. I don’t know what happened. Dogs? Electricity? Zombies? Aliens from Ursa Minor? Whatever it was, no one escaped. All that remained were shoes and those shoes were hung on the tree as a warning.
Let this be a warning to anyone who comes across a tree draped in shoes. Don’t challenge it. Just marvel at it and be thankful that you still have your shoes.
(Disclaimer: This is a story I made up. I do not know the real reason for the shoes. I’m quite sure it’s not zombies, though. The zombie apocalypse hasn’t yet begun.)