Cricket loves to snuggle underneath my jackets and on top of my running/biking/hiking shoes. Does she know those are some of my favorites? I trained with her in those blue Merrells. They are pretty worn out but they have such sweet scentimental value of putting them on and going for a workout at Guide Dogs for the Blind with her! We bonded walking the streets of Portland & Gresham in these shoes.
I'm struggling with goodbye to a pair of silver shoes that I have almost worn a hole in the back. I've put them in the garbage twice and pulled them out! I don't even know how many miles Cricket and I have walked and flown in these shoes and my big silver bag that has a hole in it, but is just the right size! I keep saying, I'll wear them one more time!
In some cleaning downstairs I came across the metal plates that were removed from Pantera's leg from her surgery.
It takes me back to so many long commutes that Pantera and I had together. We trekked through cold winter mornings on two buses to work and grad school after Steve and the kids left for work and school. These metal plates represent resilience to me. They will stay. Perhaps, I will find a prettier package to put them in.
Some deep cleansing at the office that feels SO amazing. I took a load to the dumpster and after I knew all was 'clear' in my path I skipped - almost to the car. It felt great. If I had of run into something I would have gotten back up. Perhaps, that's what bruises and scars teach us, that we do get back up and carry on. My shins, forehead and above my eyes have scars and endured many bruises - its okay. Each has a story to tell. (Remember when I ran into the two chairs downstairs and broke my foot, stitches above my eye, and broke one of the chairs! I started a new job a couple days later with Pantera, a black eye, and a cast on my foot! Glad the job offer had already happened!)
Steve did his season change magic with my closet - arranging it by colors and styles.
Hope you had a great weekend.