Taking Care of Your Boots

Originally wrote December 11,2017 I wrote this for a wives group I help manage on Facebook. While this shows the example of my husband and I’s relationship through his worn duty boots I believe anyone can relate this somehow to their marriage and relationships.

I did something today. I ordered hubby new boots. But here’s the thing. He mentioned he could use a new pair but was waiting until after Christmas. I didn’t give it much thought honestly. After just buying a house, having a toddler, and Christmas rapidly approaching I kinda just forgot about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Yesterday I realized I ran out of firewood in the house and had to step outside to get it. It isn’t far but there’s snow on the ground and it’s cold; I realized I didn’t have shoes readily available so I slipped my feet into my hubby’s big ole duty boots that were sitting by the back door (I know, kinda yucky but hang on!) and realized just how worn they were. 

I could feel the big grooves of where his heels sit. I could tell exactly where his toes press against the top of them, I could feel the actual material deteriorating inside and I just about cried. I mean here he is busting his butt to provide and continue to give while putting his needs on hold but it was a little more than that honestly.

You see they’re just boots but they are what he wears everyday to two jobs. They are what he wears to run when someone calls for help, they are what he wears when he’s tired, sore, and overworked. They are a tool he has to make sure he’s prepared. Shoes aren’t necessarily important.

But these shoes? They’re like us. Made for long term commitment-like his long shifts. His heels pushing into the soles of those boots are like the stress of the job putting pressure on our marriage & family leaving permanent indentations on our lives. His toes pushing back into the upper material is like how we have to push the negative away. Those laces? They represent him and I. You see we come together so much so it might be hard to see where one starts and the other ends. We work together to keep things together like the stitching even tho those stitches may stretch under pressure it takes a lot to break them. 

They might just be boots but they represent a lot more to me now. While they are replaceable our other halves aren’t. I know there’s things that happen in life and sometimes things just don’t go as planned or things become too much but keep trying. 

Ladies, always take care of your boots ❤️

XO Chey

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