So many shoes…



As our children get older, the quality time we get to spend with them seems to lessen.  It can be the same with our grandchildren as they make their way through school, college, and wrap themselves with independence. For me, well, I cherish any time we spend together.

My oldest Granddaughter, Emma, needed some of Gramma’s hairstylist expertise recently and I took her into the salon for some corrective color on her gorgeous hair.  Once I mixed and applied the appropriate formula, we sat and talked, catching up on life’s little tidbits and enjoyed being silly.  For some reason, shoes came into the conversation and I shared that I recently purchased sandals in a size 5, even though I am a consistent 6 ½.  The new sandals were made in Italy and I’m certain that the European design and cut of the shoes pretty much matched my normal size.   We had a great laugh over it until a serious look came over Emma’s face and she exclaimed, “Gramma, when you die, we’ll have to give all your shoes away, none of us are anywhere near your size!”

For a moment, I laughed with her and then thought back to a favorite song of mine, one that I’ve told my family to always remember me by; this song brought my Emma to tears some time ago.  Now that she’s an adult, way beyond her twenty-two years, there is a pragmatic air about her, a positive sense of direction focused on her future.

And my shoes.



From Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: Write about something someone said that put a smile on your face. 

Shoe collection aside, Emma’s comment made me think about the “stuff” we accumulate, meaningful to us and, of course, we always think that someone in the family tree will enjoy having things to remember our existence on this earth.  Of course, we hope that everything we once felt so special, and valuable, will be passed along to future generations.  Not some local Goodwill store.





  1. Kat says:

    I joke with Pat that I hope when we die we have the most exciting estate sale ever. But Emma has a point…I’m a size 11. lol! No one will want my shoes and we’re on opposite sides of the spectrum for that. 😉

    • Patty says:

      I cannot imagine my kids going through my “collections” with a mixture of tears, laughter and “what the hell did she keep these for?”

  2. John Holton says:

    I remember when my mother decided to start thinning out what she had, and I got a bunch of Dad’s books. She said “read them, enjoy them, then pass them on. They’re just things.” She was right…

    • Patty says:

      So many things have memories attached to them. How nice if, when passing items along, the memories will go along for the ride.

  3. Abby says:

    Very pragmatic observation on Emma’s part!

  4. Abby says:

    Love the lyrics to the song, of which I was unfamiliar. Emma’s makes a good point!

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