Previously Healthy

WRITTEN BY: Michelle Boise
VIDEO: Casey Sjogren

When I meet Darice Oxendine in her home, she holds two small shoes in her palms. The sneakers are white, rimmed in zebra print, the inside bright pink. I think of Hemingway’s one-line poem: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

But these shoes have been worn. The toes are scuffed, and one of the white laces knotted into a large bow has a stain. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, but Darice is wearing nail polish that matches: white and bright pink.

“These were her shoes,” she says.

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