FF – Copycat

Photo copyright Roger Bultot


It took hours. Hundreds of carefully-timed attempts. It was dark when we walked home – ten feet tall in bare feet, knowing that our sneakers had joined the lone pair we walked under everyday to school.

Mom went mad. Madder than two pairs of holey sneakers deserved.

Next day, we couldnโ€™t walk that way: police tape, officers and white chalk marks on the ground. Mom walked us round the long way and said we must never go back there. Funny though, someone else had copied us in the night. I noticed there were four pairs of shoes up there now.


Unlike my character here, I never flung a pair of shoes over a telephone wire after school, but like them, I had no idea what it might have meant if I did. In case you are similarly unaware, here’s a Toronto Star article about the possible meanings. This photo reminded me a lot of Toronto, right down to the Raise Plow sign because it’s snowing again today. Sigh.



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24 responses to “FF – Copycat

  1. White chalk marks? That’s more than sneakers!

  2. It makes me feel sad for those who wear slippers and boots. Hard to hang those rascals. Enjoyed the Toronto article. Thanks for the link.

  3. The strange clues murderers leave behind!

  4. michael1148humphris

    Your story recalled a great few days I spent in Toronto,

  5. Dear Jen,

    I’m impressed they could fling the shoes that high. It sounds like their mother has a reason for concern. Nicely done.



  6. Great story and it’s lucky that they didn’t take too long getting them up there. Interesting extroduction too. I wasn’t really aware of that, although that goes along with my story this week too.

  7. At the cost of some shoes and trainers these days, I am not surprised there has been a murder. When a fun games goes wrong.

  8. Fun story to read, Jen. The Star piece was also interesting. The shoes could not be avoided. The Star article made me think of the Judy Blume Quote: โ€œNot everything has to have a point. Some things just are.โ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done.

  9. Sounds like every parent’s nightmare! Nice one.

  10. I liked how you built a story around the shoes. Thanks for sharing that article link. I’ve seen them over the years and never really considered what they might mean.

  11. Loved the story. The things kids love to copy without knowing why?

  12. Great story, and I appreciated the link to the Toronto story. Never heard it before ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sometimes I think it’s better that we don’t find out everything our kids get up to. These kids had a close call, I think. Great story, and thanks for the article too. Fascinating.

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