Funny thing happened the other day. I totally had a mommy moment. Not in the “normal” way where I forgot my kids name as I was trying to yell at him, or in the way I would feed them all cereal because I was burned out…. this was a new experience – in a store!

My son- the adventurous, wild, crazy, fun-loving and willing to try it all- his favorite shoes have entered into the phase of retirement. He loved these shoes! They were the ones he climbed trees with, learned how to break dance with, slide down the halls of any room he could get into, skateboarding to soccer to playing with the scooter- these shoes did it all with this amazing child of mine.

We headed out the to store and I was glad to be able to fit this growing child with something that would hopefully last him longer than 1 season, but as we were checking out, the lady at the register asked if I wanted to put the old shoes in the box to throw them away. I stood there… and hesitated. I could not answer her. My son looked up at me with his big blue eyes and mischievous smile – “NO! Um no please, I will just take them home.” Seriously, did I just tell this lady that I will take these ratty- stinky shoes back home with me?!

As we got back into the car I realized that his shoes meant something to me and it got me really emotional. When I looked at these shoes- I didn’t seem the holes or the soles that were rubbed away- I saw LIFE! My child’s life! I flashed back to every flip, run, smile, that he had in the grass, in the fields and on the road.

My kids are getting older and sadly my time for having more babies has passed – these dirty old shoes was my link to my memories and I just couldn’t throw it away.

So as the crazy mom that I hope my kids will one day understand, I made my son put on those shoes for one last time. After he took them off, I wrapped them up and tucked them away in my cedar chest of memories.

This is the story of a boy and his shoes!

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  1. So special - love this! - Jackie
  2. Isn't it amazing the silly things that get our soft spot? He will treasure these photos! - Jackie
  3. wonderful! Motherhood is a pile of things you never thought you would say or do and I love you for this post!! - Jackie
  4. Thanks for making me cry!!! :) - Jackie
  5. I love this story! Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much. - Jackie
  6. This is so whimsical! The shoes tell a fantastic story of a kid--love how you captured this! - Jackie
  1. So special - love this! - Melissa
  2. Isn't it amazing the silly things that get our soft spot? He will treasure these photos! - Sarah H
  3. wonderful! Motherhood is a pile of things you never thought you would say or do and I love you for this post!! - Keziah
  4. Thanks for making me cry!!! :) - Tara
  5. I love this story! Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much. - Jamie
  6. This is so whimsical! The shoes tell a fantastic story of a kid--love how you captured this! - Jennie