Her old shoes were showing signs of age…for so many years they had been worn.

that dirt had gathered ‘round the edges..and the toe of one was torn…


So she bought herself an new pair…but she hasn’t worn them yet

It seems the old ones were still full of memories she wasn’t ready to forget.


But the time has come…she knows it…and she knows the reason why…

Time to start some new adventures….time to say goodbye.


She gazed down at her new shoes…then her old shoes…and thought of all the moments in between…

of all the places these old shoes had taken her…of all the things that they had seen.


She thought how they’re like old friends…how they’ve earned a place in her affection

and how like old friends she has learned…to look past their flaws and imperfections.


She sighed knowing one pair marks the end of a journey…the other…where one begins.

When suddenly…she had a thought…and could not help but grin.


Perhaps they have one memory left…one more walk…on more run…one more climb


Then she slipped into her old shoes and laced them up for the last time.

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For 30 years we’ve been coming to the mountains…to our cabin in the trees

where we listen to its serenade and catch the morning breeze…


But it’s not just a vacation cabin…for Deborah’s parent’s sake we try to renew it…

If there’s something that needs to be done around here…then happily…we do it.


I was working in the yard today…getting the cabin ready as summer nears

When I realized as I looked down at my feet

I’ve been wearing these same shoes for 30 years.


For 30 years around this cabin on every job that I complete

these shoes have been the only shoes…I’ve worn upon my feet.


They go everywhere around the yard…they’ve seen dirt and mud and ice

They’ve even helped me escape the yellow jackets…that only stung me twice.


They’ve been on little walks and hikes…in them I’ve laughed and cried

They’ve been on my feet for many campfires…and the day our Whitman died.


For 30 years we’ve been coming to the cabin….with still so much to see and learn

I’m glad these old shoes are here each year…waiting for my return….


You find as you grow older you experience something strange

Your head doesn’t feel any different but your body starts to change..


Your skin begins to wrinkle, your vision becomes unclear

Your nose flattens out…enlarges…and don’t get me started on my ears….

But every summer I slip on these same shoes…and as their friendship I reclaim…

I realize no matter how old the rest of my body gets…my feet remain the same…


Perhaps it’s natures way of reminding me…no matter how much grayer I get each day

My feet will always be there 

to hold me up…and help me find my way.


These shoes are filled with memories both good and bad ones too…

But they’re also filled with the hope of all the things I’ve yet to do…


And that’s why every summer when we return to the cabin

I put them on so joyfully

Because even though they’re old and weathered 


They keep going…just like me.

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