Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Grandma Shoes

When I was very little
All the grandmas that I knew
Were wearing the same kind of
Ugly grandma shoes.

You know the kind I mean.
Clunky heeled, black, lace up kind.
They just looked so very awful
That it weighed upon my mind.

For I knew when I grew up
I'd have to wear those shoes.
I'd think of that from time to time,
It seemed like such bad news.

I never was a rebel,
I wore saddle shoes to school.
And next came ballerinas
Then the sandals, pretty cool.

And then came spikes with pointed toes,
Then platforms, very tall.
As each new fashion came along
I wore them, one and all.

But always, in the distance
Looming in my future there,
Was that awful pair of ugly shoes,
The kind that grandmas wear.

I eventually got married,
And then I became a mom.
Our kids grew up and left,
And when their children came along.

I knew I was a grandma
And the time was drawing near,
When those clunky, black old lace up shoes
Was what I'd have to wear!

How would I do my gardening,
Or take my morning hike?
I couldn't even think about
How would I ride my bike!

But fashions kept evolving
And one day I realized,
That the shape of things to come
Was changing, right before my eyes.

And now, when I go shopping
What I see fills me with glee.
For in my jeans and Reeboks
I'm as comfy as can be.

And I look at all the little girls
and there, upon their feet
Are clunky, black, old grandma shoes,
And I really think that's neat.

~ Betty Cessna

  I received this yesterday from my friend, Sue in Houma, LA. As I read it, that little light of remembrance clicked on in my mind. I had long forgotten the memory of my own grandma's ugly shoes. I thought of them as grandma's ugly shoes too. Those shoes seemed to be the describing factor that said "  Grandma"   in the same way that bib overalls once shouted "  farmer".  I can honestly say that if wearing those ugly shoes was a requirement for being a grandma, I would wear them with pride.

Blessings to all of you as you journey through the week.


Lois Evensen said...

Ah, yes, Grandma shoes. I remember those. What's funny is that my daughter has a similar pair she wears to take the dogs to the dog park and to dog school. :) I am still wearing loafers, but I am the granny.

Thanks for bringing me a Tuesday smile.


Lib said...

I remember Grandma's shoes!
Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this Jo. I think how much I loved my Grandma. She was the best!! She had the ugly shoes too. As I walk around in my flip flops I think how times & Grandma's have changed. But in every other way I try to be a Grandma like mine was!


PEA said...

Yup, I remember my own gran wearing those Grandma shoes:-) I actually remember being little and putting my feet in her shoes and trying to walk with them...they were of course many sizes too big! hehe xoxo