Today I am stealing from Deirdre, Ethan’s mom.


I am wearing 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.
I can tell in other’s eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not their’s.
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 women 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 a child with cancer.

Author unknown


9 Responses

  1. Oh wow – stunning.

  2. Sjoe – dis die mooiste raakbeskrywing nog ooit en so ongelooflik waar! Ek bewonder jou vriendin! Nog 4 daggies! Dan trek jy jou skoene uit, trek nuwes aan wat meer gemaklik is en bere al die herinneringe en lesse in jou “ek is ryk” wisdom folder…….

  3. Suzanne, ek bewonder jou en Wouter en jul 2 kiddies. Al wat julle deur is, en julle is sterker as ooit. Julle is ‘n voorbeeld vir almal. Wow, I salute you! Good luck vir laaste week, julle in konstant in ons gedagtes. Drukkies xx

  4. ((HUGS)) Suzanne – you are one amazing mom!!!

  5. jaaiks.

  6. Brilliantly written, whoever wrote that…

  7. Crappy shoes. . . We’ve been having it. Maar, ampe verby! En dan tyd vir skoene uitskop, kaalvoet loop, of selfs commando as jy so voel. Love u!

  8. Thats OK Suzanne 🙂 I stole it from someone else too;)

  9. Suzanne jy gaan eendag sien hoe Woutertjie daai aaklige skoene waardeer! Strongs

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