It was a long day, and you remember your eyes could just see above the back door of the family station wagon. Mom heaved a sigh from the driver’s seat as she slipped a strand of hair behind her ear, then twisted around to hand you a snack. She had packed wisely. She had a bottle of water and a bag of crackers. She had tucked the store advertisements in her purse. Maybe she promised ice cream at the end of your successful trip.
She was patient with you while you tried on shoe after shoe after shoe. She smiled calmly when you decided you hated them all, or that the colors simply wouldn’t do, or that the laces were stupid. She asked questions that made you roll your eyes and she made you run around in them. She always wanted to see the sale shoes first and then she’d make a joke about how fast you were growing, and you watched the salesperson laugh at her attempt.She drove you to every store and carried herself with purpose. When you finally, at last, discovered the hidden gem of a shoe you definitely needed now in your life today and it was exactly what you had been looking for though you could never have articulated their utter perfection to her or anyone else – when you finally settled on that pair of shoes, she opened her purse and paid for them.
She patted your hand while you stood next to her at the register, and she asked you again if you were sure, and you couldn’t take your eyes off your shoes long enough to see her happy face when you nodded in agreement. Yes. You were sure. You had never been so certain of anything before, and you wondered if you ever would be again.
This Mother’s Day, consider returning the favor. Bring Mom in for a Fleet Feet fitting on May 8th. We’ll treat her to a cold drink, a great fit, and lots of surprises. We will have give-aways, gifts with purchase and a relaxed, calm pace. Then you can show her how grateful you are for all those shoe shopping excursions with one just for her.