The Old Shoe


I am an old shoe, shoved to the back of the closet, worn thin and out of style.  But in my hay-day I was really something.  Your consideration of my needs will polish me and help me to shine again.


I am slowing, not fading.  Please give me time to catch up.

I am needy, but not helpless.  Allow me to do what I can, and trust me when I say ‘I can’t.’

I am dull in senses but not without feeling.  Be gentle with me.

I am less clear mentally, but not stupid.  Treat me with respect.

I am fearful, but still hopeful.  Protect me and my remaining dreams.

I have less bodily control, but no less dignity.  Shield me from embarrassment and teach me things in a way that doesn’t diminish me.

I value the old ways that defined my youth.  Please don’t invalidate my long-held  beliefs.

You cannot expect me to be who I was. I am changed.  But I have not lost ‘it’ and you have not lost me.  I am still the mother who carried babies, the man who supported a family, the person who achieved and gave generously of resources.  I’m a little more crusty and vague, I admit.  But I am still valuable.   I hope you see that too.


This post is dedicated to the clients whom I am privileged to work with every day.  And to aging people everywhere.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Neighbor Nancy
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 16:32:25

    A good old shoe is a wonderful way to show the value of our seniors. Thank you for your thoughtful post.


  2. Linda Sacha
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 14:57:48

    This belongs in AARP as well as Oprah’s magazine. As a society, I think we are woefully inadequate in cherishing our Seniors – this is a beautiful tribute to a magnificent generation. thank you.


  3. Elizabeth Palmer
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:59:56

    Thank you for sharing. I often find your blogs have a similar effect as Father Michael’s homilies. They simmer for a while in my thoughts and allow me to look through a different lens.


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