I’ve never written a letter like this before, but I just had to. I realize I’ve taken you for granted, Dearest Favorite Possession, and I am so sorry.
I have left you outside in the rain, sticky with mud, but you did not complain.
I have tromped through sticker weeds, but you protected me.
I have carelessly jumped from boulder to boulder, never once thinking you would cancel your loyalty to me and my safety.
I have walked miles upon miles in you, and you never quit on me. You never quit.
You are my Chacos, and I love you. Unconditionally. Forever.
I have worn you to church, smart and sassy with a flippy skirt.
I have worn you camping, dusty with campground dirt and burning embers.
I have worn you hiking, pushing you to your absolute performance limits.
I have never worn you with socks, believing you to have all the beauty you need in your own design.
You have never failed me. You are everything and nothing all-in-one… emm, two.
I bought you 10 years ago, in the presence of dear friends. I don’t know if they know they witnessed the beginning of a true, heartfelt, and committed relationship… honestly, I didn’t know at the time myself. I’d been let down so many times before… I didn’t know. I didn’t know.
You have never been re-soled. You have never frayed. You are as pure as the day I brought you home. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Please don’t ever leave me… or, each other. I would cry. For a long time.
Do you have a love I should know about?