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Not your ordinary shoes


I was cleaning out my boys’ shoes the other day. With three boys all close together, sometimes one pair can make it through two kids.

Not these.

These I bought for my middle son, Oliver and he literally wore them out.

I never noticed how raggedy and worn through they were because, well, ummm…busy.

But I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away because, to me, they capture him.

They tell a story of a boy who lives life full out. Who runs and plays with all his heart. We were running together the other morning and he was literally kicking his feet up behind him just for fun.

I mean, as if running itself isn’t hard enough. He has to flip his feet around behind him for the joy of it.

This is a boy who lives and loves until the fabric is worn right through. He loves his momma again and again and over again when I have let him down.

I watched him wait today for a little girl to get in line because he didn’t want to line up ahead of her. He told her, I’ll just wait. For you.

He never once complained that his toes were peeking through. Never once told me there were holes wearing in the bottom.

In the rush of life I might have missed all that they are.

The story they tell.

The life they have lived right in front of my eyes.

You see when we are so busy being busy we miss the memory held in the stillness of simple things. We miss what we might have seen in the moment we took to look at something deeper or with a different lens.

I packed them away in a to-keep box. My eyes well with tears as I think what they might mean to me ten or twenty years from now. When more story is told and the pitter-patter of feet is long gone. I have a feeling I’ll pull them out and cry. And I know I’ll be thankful that I saw the story they told, and didn’t throw them away.

Today’s Challenge: Look with a new set of eyes. As you go about your day today find one ordinary thing to study deeper. Everything tells a story. Maybe it’s your child’s favorite toy or their special blanket. Something left behind from a parent, friend or pet. You never know what you might find when you stop to really look. 

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  • Liz October 6, 2014, 4:36 pm

    This is a beautiful post. Love that I randomly ended up here today.

  • Carrie Gordon March 29, 2017, 2:24 pm

    This entry was so beautiful. The past few days I’ve been feeling like my life line has been caught on a huge fish that is spooling away my reel, especially when it comes to my daughter (12). I’ve been consciously making an effort to spend more quality time with her, and getting to know her better. She has 6 more years until she moves away to college/university, and all the stuff and changes that have happened over the last 6 years indicate to me that the next 6 will evaporate all too soon. I’m holding on dearly!

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