As I do every year, want to send a little shout out to my dear friend Agnes and the red shoes that started a 20 year friendship. (How lucky I am to say I've known someone for 20 years!) Of course, those red shoes did not have heels, platforms, nor did they cost $700. They were flat red Mary-Janes, and she wore them on the first day of school, and I was intrigued and maybe a little jealous (though, as I recall, I had pink and white saddle shoes then, which is pretty fantastic). It was the best start to a friendship ever.