These Shoes Were Made For Walking

It was about sixteen years ago when I sat in the Stride Rite store at my local mall, watching Dear Daughter #1 get fitted for her very first pair of shoes. To this day, I can still remember the slight  hesitation on her little face when I stood her up so the sales lady could double check her feet in the sizer…and then again when that first adorable pair of shoes was finally laced onto her feet.

That image played itself through my head yesterday as I sat in a chair in the middle of Macy’s while that same not-so-little-anymore girl tried on very different shoes–the kind that will take her to her first winter formal later this month. This time she didn’t need the sizer. Or anyone to lace anything up. And instead of holding her hands while she walked around the store, I got to watch her wobble just a little as she navigated her way around in heels.

The experience left me a little nostalgic and maybe a wee bit teary-eyed (we won’t tell her that, though, okay?), but it also brought a smile to my face, too. Because although she’s almost seventeen now, I still saw that sweet baby in her face every time she looked across at me–that same hint of hesitation in her eyes.

It goes so fast. All of it. And while I couldn’t possibly have spent any more time with her than I already did when she was little, I can’t help but wish I could wiggle my nose and relive it all one more time…


3 Responses to “These Shoes Were Made For Walking”

  1. Carol S
    November 28th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    What a sweet story! Do parents get their baby’s shoes bronzed anymore? My mother had a pair of mine bronzed into bookends which I still have. Maybe you could bronze her first high heels?

  2. elizabeth
    November 28th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    If I was going to bronze, I’d bronze the baby shoes, not the heels. 🙂

  3. Dru
    November 28th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Treasure these memories.

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