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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe - - -


Once upon a time there was a young woman named Barbara who was raising seven children. As sometimes happens, her sister-in-law became very ill and for a time could no longer care for her three children. Without hesitating, Barbara took her two nieces and one nephew into her brood which then consisted of ten.

While toiling to raise ten children, Grandpa Mac, rather tongue-in-cheek, dubbed her "The Old Woman in the Shoe." I say tongue-in-cheek since Grandpa Mac was at the time still in the process of raising the last of his own thirteen!!!

Rather than being daunted or insulted by the title, Barbara took it as her own. In fact, she reveled in it. For the rest of her ninety years on this Earth, she built her life around the "shoe" theme. She not only cared for those ten children, but she also gave of her heart to every child whom God sent across her path.

She began to collect small ornamental shoes, tokens of her willingness and ability to extend the borders of her family. Over the years she collected hundreds of them, both shoes and new children for whom to care.

Today Barbara's family gathered to mourn her passing and celebrate her life. She left behind a wonderful legacy of love, some very large shoes to fill, and a collection of shoes!!! Her children asked us to take a shoe from the collection as a memento of her life.

Aunt Barbara, I chose this shoe. I will cherish it always as a reminder of the love you taught us all to share.

9 Comments:

Blogger Keri said...

Mom, this is great!! Very beautiful!

6/30/2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Thanks Keri - - - now should I tell them that you got a shoe too, or will you???? Hehehehehehehehe

6/30/2007 11:00 PM  
Blogger grammy said...

Keetha, is this your Aunt Barbara that we met here in Madison while traveling with your Dad and Mom???

What a nice tribute to your Aunt and what a gracious person she was.

7/01/2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Keetha said...

No Grammy - - that Aunt Barbara we call Aunt Bobbie and she is my mom's sister-in-law. THIS Aunt Barbara was my Dad's sister-in-law. She was married to my dad's oldest brother, George.

7/01/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Jim and Jaena said...

Very inspirational - she sounds like a wonderful woman.

7/02/2007 6:04 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Thanks for the comment, Jaena!!

7/02/2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger Toevs Family said...

What a great legacy she left behind!

7/04/2007 12:09 PM  
Anonymous yackiesue said...

Keetha, what a great tribute to Aunt Barbara. You said it so much better then I could. I miss her alot.It feels like a chapter of our life has ended and now the future is up to us. Hope we can do some of what Aunt Barbara taught us. Leaving a good report behind of our own. Thanks.
Jackie Sue one of the ten.

7/09/2007 9:37 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

It was quite scary to me to look around that room and see how OLD we are all getting - - - - - - - YIKES!!!

Thanks for the lovely comment, Jackie Sue!!!

7/09/2007 9:39 PM  

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