About this photo: See that right foot? The one that is jumping for joy with its partner in crime, Lefty? Yeah, that right foot’s name is Bertha.
Back story: Once upon a time, in a far, far away land, a young woman named Belle threw a dinner party called the First Annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival. Little did Belle know that this dinner party would be the first and only Sidewalk Chalk Festival to date, and that the evening would profoundly change her life.
During this party Belle invited a handful of friends for a pot luck dinner that included a Kraft Mac & Cheese Casserole. Present Day Belle shudders at her lack of culinary prowess, but that is a post for another day. In attendance was Belle’s current boyfriend and heart-throb, Mr. Pomp. Mr. Pomp was a wine salesman and brought a case of various fancy wines with which to wash down the Kraft Casserole.
Also at this party was a man called Bird. Bird was merely a friend of a friend who Belle had met a few times at various parties and dinners. Knowing that this Bird character was feeling glum due to some romantic drama, Belle invited him to join the festivities.
Bird sauntered into the party, long blond hair blowing in the breeze from her clicking ceiling fan, with $70 in Tiramisu in tow. He then offered to fix her broken garbage disposal. As this Bird stood next to Mr. Pomp, little Belle thought to herself, “So handsome! So handy! So… delicious! My goodness, I have chosen poorly.”
The evening wore on and much Kraft Casserole, fine wine and Tiramisu was consumed. Once the guests were perfectly lubricated, Belle whipped out a huge box of sidewalk chalk and out the motley crew went to draw, write, and leave their “art” all over the downtown park. In a moment of drunken genius, Belle drew Extreme Hopscotch and challenged her friends to a rousing round. She picked up a stone, tossed it into the game and began to hop, hop, hop and then came crashing down, breaking her right foot. The party came to a rather abrupt and painful halt.
Fast-forward several months. Belle is still on crutches and is growing increasingly more irritated at “Bertha The Right Foot.” Why Bertha? “Because it is the most ornery, troublesome name I can think of,” she said. A new doctor takes one look at the x-ray and he announces the only way to save her sole is with surgery.
One week before going under the knife, Mr. Pomp leaves Belle in a very dramatic, emo kind of way. She is crushed and spends an evening sobbing in her tiny apartment. Then Bird comes by, picks Belle up, dusts off her thrift store skirt and takes her out for PBR at their favorite dive. By the end of the night kisses are exchanged on her tiny, mismatched sofa. For the next two weeks Bird and Belle are inseparable. He tends to her broken heart and places bags of frozen peas on her broken foot. He whispers kind words to her when she worries and woos her with his three feisty cats.
And then that Bird flew. Off he moved to Kentucky to study things Belle did not understand. “I wish I could say, but I just have to go,” he says to her on their final night.
Weeks turn into months, and months turn into years and both Bird and Belle carry on their separate ways, sowing their final seeds of youth. One afternoon Bird returns and perches on Belle’s new sofa, in her new, grown up apartment, and proclaims his love. Two years later Bird and Belle are married. At the wedding Belle recounts the story of how the two came to be one and credits their union to her pesky, ornery and terribly painful right foot, Bertha.
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