Tuesday, 28 December 2010

An Ugly Pair of Shoes

I was sent this poem by a friend and it really touched me so I thought I would share it.

An Ugly Pair of Shoes

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.
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 the 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 of how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of the 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.

Author Unknown


  1. Wow- this is EXACTLY how I described life in the first few days after Cullen died.. thank you so much for posting this. I never ceases to amaze me how so many of us connect through similar feelings through our losses.
    Thinking of you and of your precious son. I am going to email you because I am literally shocked at how much of our stories are alike.... and I am so sorry that they are.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been so very blessed to have not walked in these shoes, but my heart truly bleeds for anyone who has experienced such an irrepairable loss. Hugs to you and thank you for being brave enough to share your tragedy!