Boot Tribute

We gifted him a pair of Red Wing’s when he started as a plumbing journeyman. Five-and-a-half years and three soles later, he retired them for a new pair of the exact same boots.  Well-worn slippers in disguise, they more than earned semi-retirement status, scaling back to part-time duty – usually on the driveway at the end of a pair of legs sticking out from under the chassis of the current car project. My son stepped into those workers as a day-old high school graduate and stepped out of them nearly a Master Plumber, with but a half year of classes left to go. A lot happened in those boots over the years: driving, crawling, wading, climbing, creeping, slithering, bending, sloshing, shimmying, mucking, scuffing, and just plain living.

Good boots are friends that withstand the toughest of times. They let you wear them out and bear the scars proudly, wrapping you in soft kindness all the while.

Can’t say enough about that – it’s all there in the picture.

There’s the journey.

There’s the honor – right there.

8 thoughts on “Boot Tribute

  1. This is such a rich way to tell the story of a journey! My favourite line: “Good boots are friends that withstand the toughest of times. They let you wear them out and bear the scars proudly, wrapping you in soft kindness all the while.”
    This is an important reminder.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. In retrospect, the slice is a metaphor for my son’s journey as much as it is about the boots. I am very proud of him and the life he is building for himself. I think – deep down – he is the real genesis for this post – my Ben.

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  2. I love this post. The boots tell just a great story of life and growing into who we are. I love the new boots sitting next to the old dear friends. I have a post started by not finished about a pair of clogs I finally had to let go. Now I realize I sent them on their way with no last picture. Darn! Thanks for this post.

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    1. Thank you for reading. We all got teary reading it because it ended up being about so much more than the boots. It’s funny how the heart takes over and finds such beautiful ways to be heard.

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    1. Thank you- I just love that picture, too. Amazing journey and the boots – although a bit more costly than others – stand the test of time and pay for themselves in longevity many times over. All of his colleagues wear those boots now, too. Thank you for reading my slice!

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