Thursday, May 14, 2009

Let the Transformation Begin

Since James was born I have noticed a few signs of aging. Some fine lines around the eyes, two very big lines between my brows, little aches and pains here and there. But, having a new baby I still felt pretty youthful and felt good overall. Actually I felt like I had the best of both worlds, a precious new baby to love and the experience of having three already. Believe me I was not worried about all that nonsense about letting your baby crying it out and whether it was okay if he played with his sister's Polly Pockets. I had learned my lesson, through the experience of having three under four, that if a baby was happy, just leave him be. Anyhows....

But this morning something happened and it hit me full force. I am getting old. Now, I know I am 36 and still have a lot of life left in me (I hope, anyway), but something happened this morning that caused me to rethink things. I walked out to the mailbox and noticed as I was coming back in that my toes were hurting. And then I remembered how the heel of my foot hurt as I got out of bed this morning. And then all these little memories of foot pain throughout the week and hips aching at night came back to me.

I don't know why I did this, except that deep down I knew it was the right thing to do. I headed straight to my bedroom, kicked off my Old Faithful Purple Flip-flops, pulled out some socks from the dresser drawer and put them on. I walked to my closet, closed my eyes, reached down and pulled out---my. sensible. shoes. And I put them on. And they feel really good. I am moving into old lady status and although it may not be graceful or elegant, at least my feet won't hurt in the process.

*** Don't worry Jill, I will only wear the sensible shoes at home. It will be flip-flops and painted toenails in public.


  1. I cringe too if I have to put sensible shoes on with *gasp* socks !

  2. Girl - I completely understand. Sometimes I think I'm hobbling. Where did all the old Valorette stamina and agility go??? I'm not sure but it's gotta be the same place all my natural brown hair went.

  3. Oh no....not sensible shoes?!? I'm fighting those just as hard as the stray grays!!


    NOT the sensible shoes!!!!!!!!!!!

    I do not like them Sam I am!!!!


    Ever tried Croc flip flops? I'm tellin' ya...after two trips to China they are going strong. I've worn them three times to six flags, I've painted in them, hiked in them. Heck, I climbed the Great Wall in them! The same pair. I only own one pair. That's all I need.

    It will revolutionize sensible shoes forever. I'm serious...try them! ;)

    And you are SO not old! I'm going to be THIRTY NINE this year. I might as well be FORTY.

  5. I have given up and embraced my grey hair and bad feet. I wear them like a badge of honor. Of course, your husband is older than me, so that helps...

  6. I found a pair of shoes I really love at Belk - they were casual heels (chunky), and too cute, but they were **Dr. Scholls**. Can you believe it? Old people shoe makers are starting to make shiny, colorful, trendy heels. I've been tempted to go back and get them a couple of times, but. . . .DR. SCHOLLS?!?!?!?!?

  7. Girl, thank you for sharing this....I have so felt like I am slipping into the old lady status too. I am just not as in shape ALL OVER like I used to be. Sensible shoes, huh? Hmmmm...I might need to go out and get me a pair of these too.

    Hey, it could always be worse, right? At least the Lord is allowing us another day to grow older, right?

  8. I second the crocs and also add yellow box flip flops to the list. The ones with really thick soles.

    However, my favorite attire for my "tooter foots" is NOTHING!!! I love me some bare feet. :-)

  9. For me, the day after I hit 40 my body fell apart.

    The day after.

    It was like an expiration date, or something!

    Youth is SO wasted on the young!

  10. Hee heee! I've been wearing sensible shoes for a while now... sigh!

  11. LOL! I gave up some time ago and went for the sensible shoes. I have high arches and small feet, and--not that you've noticed or anything!--but after five children, I don't have my college girl figure any more! Definitely go for the sensible shoes and take a little fish oil daily. It helps with those little aches and pains.