My Shoes

Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some woman are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don’t hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child. ~ Anonymous

3 Responses to “My Shoes”

  1. Brian says:

    Botell family, I visit this site from time to time, anonymously, to remind myself of Tommy and in an effort to bring my family close to yours. This time however I’m choosing to write you because I am absolutely amazed at the strength, courage and love you all choose to share with us. To you, it may be a way stay close to your love for Tommy, but to me it serves as a valuable reminder that all life is precious and love has no boundaries, no rules, and no end. God Bless you all…….

    “Sometimes in life you gaze upon a beautiful thing that rises the spirit and helps the soul to sing. These are wonderful things to cherish, to savor and to taste but never to waste”

  2. Amen Jennifer. Beautiful words!

  3. Bill Hepburn says:

    Such a loving tribute to Tommy.

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