Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ugly Shoes

6 months ago today we learned of Christian's diagnosis. It's hard to believe that time can both stand still and fly by at the same time. It doesn't seem possible sometimes that the world can go on after experiencing what we have. It's hard to think about that day because looking back it was so very difficult and makes my stomach literally ache when I do.
 I found this poem several months back and wanted to share it here today...


I wear a pair of shoes

They are ugly shoes

Uncomfortable shoes

I hate 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 I am not the only one who wears these shoes

There are many pairs in this world

Some women 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

They have made me who I am

I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child

- Author Unknown


Kara Masi said...

This is beautiful, Erin. If you don't mind, I'm going to repost this to my blog. I often think of you and I think about how you're trying to be strong for Chase because he's so young.... I know it can't be easy. Hugs and prayers to you always!

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