These Tired Old Feet
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Today was just a beautiful day, sun is shining, there is a beautiful breeze blowing after all the hot and humid days we've had, and it seems that even the birds are chirping louder in happiness. So I go outside to read on my little bench, but before I do I take time for some quiet reflection, time to talk to God and tell him thank you for all He has done for me.
After my reflection I look down, and I notice my feet, wow when did they get to look like this....the toes and tops are okay, but it is the sides of my feet that have me concerned. Where once was smooth unblemished skin there is now skin marked up with a million, maybe even zillions of tiny little spider veins, some are light red, some are dark red and then there are the nasty deep purple ones. Oh dear Lord, what happened to my feet? These are not the feet I was born with, these are not the feet I had last month, last week, or even yesterday, what happened to me overnight!!!
Then I sat back and thought, these are the feet that have carried me for over 59 + years of my life. These feet held me as I toddled to learn how to walk, These were the feet that ran faster than anybody on my block in my new P.F. Flyers sneaks or KEDS sneaks, they jumped, they hopped, they jumped rope, they skipped and they walked back and forth to school every day. They danced to all those crazy dances of the 60's and the 70's! They walked up the aisle to be married, and they carried the extra weight I carried during all of my three pregnancies. These were the feet that held me up when my divorce was final, and just left me have a good old cry!! These were the feet that took each of my children to church to be christened, and later to school. These were the feet that sadly followed the caskets of my father and mother, and again held me up while I cried my eyes out!! These were the feet that danced with each of my sons at their weddings, that lovingly held me up while I held each of my 8 grandchildren. These are the feet that plays hide and seek with those kids, and loves every minute of it. These are the feet that will see my only daughter graduate with a Master's Degree from Penn State next May.
Yes, these feet do have spider veins, they have been through a lot, through weight gain, and now weight loss, but you know I'm not ashamed of those veins, they are badges!!! Badges that my feet have earned over the years, for all that I have put them through!!
Think I'll give my feet a treat tonight, a nice relaxing soak, followed by a good foot massage, and gussie them up with a little paint and polish....because after all they deserve it!!