Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shoes...

I vividly remember the visit to the shoe shop to buy Niamh's first shoes.  She was so excited, walking around picking up this pair and that pair, liking those ones and those ones too - and always the impractical ones, white or cream with a touch of bling.

And then she tried them on - pink sensible shoes that mummy had chosen - not a perfect pair on mary janes but they would do.  The huge smile that crept across her face; the comedy walk as she lifted her heavy feet from the floor; and finally her running wildly around the shop floor, ecstatically happy. Niamh's first shoes...

And she still loves shoes... doesn't every little girl? 
Doesn't every grown-up girl?
Clarks to Jimmy Choo...
Christian Louboutin...
Manolo Blahnik...


pretty in pink

And today our little baby girl Eilidh went for her first shoes... a little girl who will never walk, or who is very unlikely to walk, on her own two feet, in her own two shoes...
 
I wasn't looking forward to it at all... another step of heart wrenching acceptance, but another step on our journey...
 
Niamh was adamant that her sister's shoes were to be pink... and pink they are with delicate little silver-studded flowers too.  They were put on Eilidh's little chubby feet and instantly you could see how proud she was of them - my first shoes!  There was no walking, no running, just acceptance and pride. 
So, Eilidh has her first pair of shoes.
The world is her oyster - just as it always has been, SMA or no SMA.
I'm ready for the next steps that we'll walk together, Eilidh.
We're on this journey together...
I promise...
 
 
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”
 
Dr Seuss


And of course, Niamh managed to get a new pair too...

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