I am sure a lot of people think back on the past when they come across random things.
I was driving to work the other morning when I spotted a pair of shoes dangling from the branches of a tree. It took me back several years to when I was a young troop in the Air Force. I was still in tech school down in San Antonio, Texas. Outside our dormitories were several trees. A few of them had dozens, possibly hundreds of shoes hanging amongst their branches. It must have been an unspoken tradition for departing graduates to toss their unwanted training shoes into the branches, sometimes from the second or third floors of the dorms. I wondered, for the first time that I can recall, how often troops are instructed to climb into those trees and bring down all those shoes. I momentarily felt grateful that I was not among those selected for that tedious chore.