It has been a while since I wrote. I guess my Facebook post below says it all…
I wondered for quite a while whether I should share this with you. And because she loved The Shoe Garden so much, I think I will.
You see, my beautiful, beautiful, beautiful mum passed away nearly two weeks ago.
I still cannot believe it. I am numb and so very, very sad. She was my mum and best friend for nearly 52 years.
She was also The Shoe Garden’s number one fan. She and dad would visit twice a week and she would delight in meeting and chatting with customers. My mum loved to talk! She would happily chat to anyone anywhere and inevitably she would steer the conversation around to her daughter who owned a shoe shop and by the way, did they know anyone with long feet?
She was charming, honest and fearless.
She was wise, kind and ageless.
Mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 12 months ago and, believe me, she didn’t take it lying down. She endured three rounds of chemo, daily radiation for a month and scan after scan showing the tumour had grown and spread and still she remained positive and determined and gracious and considerate.
So that’s what’s inspiring me right now … I have a broken heart but I have new resolve, too.
I want to honour my beautiful mum and I know without doubt that she would want me to get on with things, especially when it comes to The Shoe Garden.
I haven’t been at the shop for more than a month, apart from an occasional hour here or there. Huge thanks to my darling friends and staff who kept it going for me. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise.
But I am back this week and I am going to work hard, look after myself and make her proud.
Much love to you all and until next time,
Carol & CCx