They looked too old. The color was almost gone. Her small, eager hands inspected the shoes from heel to toe. “Be happy,” said the mother. “I could never buy you any shoes at all. These are so pretty,” she said, and left for the next house. The child’s eyes remained unblinking with gratitude, as she put the once purple shoes on her cracked, dirty feet. People passing by missed the sight of happiness, while the little girl twirled around in her ‘new’ shoes.