Red sparkle is my very favorite color. Seeing it makes my heart smile. As silly as that sounds, it is true. My daughter, Kenzie, loved the color when she was a little girl more than I ever could. She wore red sparkle shoes every single day from the moment she started walking until middle school. We all remember what it was like to be in middle school with the power of what other people think. Unfortunately, that is when the tradition of red sparkle shoes went into retirement.
After returning home from a road trip, I go through a period of making space in my house and attic. I continue to focus on lightening my load in order to make moving easier in the future. My favorite thing to collect in life is tax receipts from Goodwill. I found myself in the attic over the weekend going through boxes when I found the infamous red sparkle shoes.
Watching Kenzie as a child dance, run and play through life in those shoes were the highlights of motherhood. Stumbling upon the shoes in a box reminded me of those wonderful days and made my heart sing and dance. This discovery brought me back to a place in time when I lived with a magical dancing free spirited little girl who loved red sparkle shoes no matter what others thought!
Upon examination of the shoes, the stories of life lived in them is told in the way they were worn. Most have very little sparkle left on the toes due to playground adventures. Some have mud on them from hiking. For what proud girl does not hike in mud in her favorite shoes. I actually remember a time when one shoe was almost lost to a mud pit. Others have worn out heels from sliding into base in gym. Yet all of them were worn with the intent to squeeze every ounce of joy out of each moment. I want to do all of those things within the spirit of my life! Let’s all wear the glitter off our toes, have marks of mud and adventures all over our bodies, while sliding into the later stages of life by the edges of our heels. An amazing a life we would all have.
Thank you, Kenzie, for being you and reminding us to live life in such a magical way!
Red Sparkle Lover