For the last two weeks the Monday Guest has written a blog for me. But there are a whole host of people I want to feature and not all will write. Some will be interviewed and others will have their story written by me. This entry follows the latter and is a life lesson from my maternal grandmother who I called Nana.

Wear fabulous shoes
"by" Nana
It was the last time I saw her. I knew she was dying and that this last meeting would be goodbye and felt at a loss as to what to do. On impulse and from lack of any other ideas I put on my hot pink suede shoes.

I went into her room in the hospice and felt really awkward. It was her but somehow not her. Nana wasn't the staying still sort. Even on the sofa at the end of the day her hands would be busy with cross stitch or tapestry. She asked to look at my shoes. She liked them.

And on her deathbed my Nana told me to always wear fabulous shoes. I promised.

I'm not one for regrets. For the most part I endeavour to live a life that I won't regret but I wish she could have met the fiancé. I wish I could tell her that not only do I wear fabulous shoes that not only make me smile, feel good about myself and that in making me make that promise to her, she was giving me the gift of taking her with me with each step I took but that I could tell her an utterly absurd love story.

About a girl that met a boy online and his username was Jimmy_Choo and when she realised she was in love with him she took a train to London and went into Jimmy Choo. That the girl bought a pair of shoes and told the boy and that absurd action not only made him smile more than he thought a pair of shoes could make him smile but that in a single crazy action she realised anything was possible.

Life lesson #1: Wear fabulous shoes


06/06/2011 13:41

I always thought that carpe omnium should be replaced by whatever the Latin for fabulous shoes is!

06/08/2011 10:30

Lovely story - Nans are great and I have some fabulous memories of mine too.

06/08/2011 10:49

Much as I like the sentiment Andy, I feel that fabulous shoes are simply the beginning. To limit my tattoo to a single accessory would fail to recognise my love of handbags.

03/30/2013 01:42

Your blog has always attracted me and this particular post left me speechless. It is one of the best pieces of writing I have seen. Good job.

09/26/2013 10:12

Thanks to Nana for forcing Wear fabulous shoes. i do not know about this shoes and you. but in this post you are taking well.


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