Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
They are ugly shoes.
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some woman are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don't hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.
Thanks to another mom with the same shoes for this poetic sentiment. Shared with you in memory of Audie, born Oct. 24, 1997.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
He had several GIANT pumpkins, each well over 50 pounds. He also had several unique varieties, shapes and sizes. We chose pumploms in several shades or orange and even a few with green stripes remaining (Rikard's favorite color is green).
He offered the girls any pumpkin they wanted. Tatum immediately tried to roll the big one (she's leaning on it) off the wagon. In addition to the big on, we have a few of the smaller ones for the kids to carve and roast the seeds.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Personally, I like the giant whale riding on the horizon and charging toward Columbus' ships in his artwork. It adds a touch of Rikard's own fictional interpretation to the adventure.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I quickly found that all three of our children have very unique names. Rikard and Keeli weren't in the database and there are only about 1,500 Tatums in the country.
Not so true for Rick and myself. There are more than 2 million people with the first name Richard and it is the 8th most popular first name for men. There are nearly a 1/2 million women with the first name Catherine in the U.S., it is the 92nd most popular first name.
Luckily, our last name is very unique and doesn't appear in their database.