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Shoes by Hokage3 Shoes by Hokage3
Shoes

Special Class

When I was still young, with little to no knowledge about how big the world is, you were there, ready to teach me how to walk.

Little by little, step by step, with my small two feet I walk towards you, I walk closer to the source of that smile, as you embrace me before I even fall, so that I could stay upright with my head up high.

You gave me my first pair of shoes. Back then I can’t tie its laces, for me it’s too complicated. You were there to do it for me, with eyes that are telling me that one day I’ll be doing the same thing on my own. That simple task bonds us together; we walk hand in hand as I begin my long journey through life.

Days passed, as it turns into years. I can tie my shoes on my own. For me it’s an achievement, and you are a very proud father as you praise me for my work. I was excited to stand…on my own.

Not too long, I aged. My world is bigger now than I could ever imagine. I met so many people, who taught me more than you could have. I can tie my shoes faster than you can now, as I walk out first from our home, leaving you behind with a wave of goodbye. Now, I can walk on my own.

I can’t remember the last time you tied my shoes for me. I have tied many shoes on my own, which gets bigger and bigger as years go by. I leave you alone, for you said you have nowhere to go to now. Sometimes, I don’t even say goodbye to you. I have traveled such a long distance, far longer than when we were together walking hand in hand when I was still small. The world revolves so fast, I have to walk faster, farther……for I am on my own.

But one day, I saw you; you are unlike the last time. You can’t tie your own shoes anymore. You are old; too old you can’t bend to reach your feet in ease. It reminded me of my childhood; back when I can’t tie my own shoes. I started to realize, that all I did was to learn to tie my own shoes so that I could walk on my own, farther from you. And thus I opened your shoe box and made you wear your shoes for yet another time, and this time, I’ll be tying it for you. You have thought me to tie shoes very well; I doubt the knot will come loose.

I didn't go to work today. If I were to choose between work and having a day with my father, the answer would be obvious. We walk again, side by side, like when I was still young. It doesn't matter where we go from here, as we exchange stories I missed while I was busy travelling the world.

Yes, you didn't teach me how to tie my shoes so that I can walk on my own farther from you. Instead, you thought me so that one day we could walk side by side like what we are doing right now, close to each other….together.
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:iconinfectious10:
Infectious10 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The feels!
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awwww (hugs...)
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Santana39 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was one of the sweetest things I've read.
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thanks for liking it...Every caring Father deserves love and respect...and a pair of new shoes sometimes...(^_^)
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MusicMew Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, what a sweet story. :aww:
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks...kids grow up so fast...(^_^)
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AdventureMB Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Nice life story
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Nikiptc18 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
;A;;;
//sobs/
Aughhh the feels ;o;;; Great job on this comic!~ It sort of reminds me of Studio Ghibli's work~
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww....to be associated with Studio Ghibli is too much.....thanks very much....(^_^)
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Nikiptc18 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! And you deserve it (o`w  o)9
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Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess that in some phrases u meant "taught" (from teach) and no "thought" (from think)...
If I skip that; This is perfect. It is perfect, indeed, because i can tell u, that this is amazing! Let us all to know, that we should look after our parents, the way they used to do, too ...Like when we were kids.
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconarigatouplz: Aye....Thanks very much for the correction....I needed that...(^_^)

Thanks for appreciating the artwork...I totally agree with you,time may bring us farther from our parents, but we must go back to them when they get old and show our gratitude to them for raising us into the person we are now...(^_^)
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Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=)... You are welcome.
And well, even if we do know about the fact you present here, we still do forget it... Right?
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jrdp18 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Awww, fuzzies.
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:iconhokage3:
Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww...thanks...(^_^)
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xtrapoint Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This comic reminds me of the shoe symbolism in The House On Mango Street.
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks...I'm not very familiar with the book...thanks for sharing. Just had a quick read...and it's interesting. (^_^)

Seems shoes are very symbolic...
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Marcleine Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so adorable~~~
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for liking it....
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Marcleine Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, thank you very much for drawing it~ ^^
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Beautiful :)
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks dude.....been a while..what's up?
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Oh, not a whole lot. Mostly just moving through life, trying to finish up a long-running project so I can devote more time to my other projects, stuff like that. You?
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, good to hear that you are active

Me?... as busy as you are...quite stressed from dealing with daily work, trying to fight fatigue and sleepiness everyday. I'm starting to lack time for art as well due to so many extra-activities...still, I'm happy to be mingling with you guys...just proves that I'm alive and kickin'
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anirhapsodist Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice storyboard
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyuiglompplz:

awwww...been a while (sniff..) I have a lot of catching up to do...

Thanks...glad you guys like the simplicity..
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anirhapsodist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
like what exactly?
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:iconhokage3:
Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
catching up with things I missed here...like your works....;)
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anirhapsodist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really, now?
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep...coz' you make so many artworks in such a short period of time.......
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anirhapsodist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
naah - i'm u;ultimately slacking off. my transition from 2d to 3d is drastic and it's taking it's grand effects on my trad art. it has benefits, this exposure to 3d but relatively it also has weakened my penciler's eye for drawn detail.
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are not alone with the procrastination thing.....I gave time to things other than art..and viola...no time for art at all...:iconcutecryplz:

It's only natural to get a bit rusty on some areas you're not practicing more often....you're doing a delicate balancing act between traditional, 2D computer graphics and 3D...it's cool since even if it's hard, once you get used to it...you can jump from 2D to 3D and vice versa without breaking a sweat....
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Francesca-Zapata Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's amazing how an comic with no words can provide such a wonderful story, great art! :)
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww...thanks for seeing it as a wonderful work...(^_^)...Yes....I want to portray this "more than words thing here"...It actually reflects my relationship with my father personally...I don't tell him how much I love him...but shows it through actions instead....
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runningwild11 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Cute, I like this! It's adorable :clap:
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe...Thanks for liking it...it's a story of all of us....
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was supposed to be my fathers' day special artwork…but never had the chance to post it until now…well, it’s still Father’s month...so it counts…I wish…I hope you like the message…(^_^)
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gawd....corrected so many grammatical errors....so sleeplessness does affect English proficiency...(-_-)
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