Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday 55 & Da Count-Sensible Shoes

FRIDAY 55

A first job for a teenage girl
means so much fun shopping.
She can finally buy the most outrageous shoes
that Mom would never get for her.



My how times changes things.
They don't match anything in her closet.
They hurt her feet.
She's going on a backpacking trip.
Time for a new pair of shoes.



DA COUNT


Those two pairs of shoes both belong to Calypso.  She bought the yellow ones a couple years ago for a stupid amount of money when she got her first paycheck.  The second pair we bought a couple weeks ago to get her ready for a 9 month internship at a camp/farm.

Last month Calypso was cleared by the doctor to participate in the program at the camp.  The first week will include a 4 day backpacking trip in the Rockies.  Given that my girl spent 11 months growing increasingly unwell before she was diagnosed accurately and treated effectively I am amazed by this and deeply grateful. 

This week she took a big step toward breaking in those practical shoes by successfully completely a 7.4 mile day hike on some pretty rocky terrain.  She has also done a shorter hike on a trail that was also incredibly rocky and on a very significant incline.  If you had asked me six months ago whether she'd be able to do this I probably would have welled up in tears wondering if she'd even be able to just get through a day of school without dropping over.  Now I just well up with gratitude at how far she has come.



18 comments:

G-Man said...

Awww...
We are all so proud of C...
What a terrible Spring and Summer that girl has had.
Loved your Feel-Good 55 Trini
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

G-Man said...

Banco!!!!

Doctor FTSE said...

Splendid shoes. Splendid 55!

Beach Bum said...

My son is looking for his first job but coming up short. He has put applications in at several places but in the small town you have to know the right people.

Hilary said...

It makes me SO happy to read this. :)

Brian Miller said...

i would take a comfortable pair of hiking books any day...unles it was my converse....

Suldog said...

Excellent.

(The news about hiking, not that first pair of shoes. Yikes!)

Mama Zen said...

It's so wonderful that she's able to do this!

Craig said...

God is good. . .

gautami tripathy said...

Great shoes!

a mute question

Pheromone Girl said...

That is glorious! I'm embarrassed to say I would have bought the boots with MY first paycheck...

Kat said...

That. Is. Awesome. I am so happy for her!!!!


Ya gotta love a girl with hiking books AND funky heels in her closet. Very cool. :)

secret agent woman said...

I like a pair of heels as much as the next woman, but I have to say I like those hiking boots better than the polka dot shoes.

Susan in the Boonies said...

That. Is. Awesome.

Mona said...

I also feel so grateful and glad about Calypso's health improvement!

Morning said...

beautiful shoes, amazing 55.

~Tim said...

Awesome! That is all.

Bijoux said...

Wonderful news, Lime! I wish her well!