Apologies, I haven’t been in your Inbox with my blog for two weeks now.
Life got in the way, you see.
My darling mum suddenly found herself in hospital after an eye specialist became worried about her disorientation and sent her to emergency. Turns out she was having epileptic episodes.
The 12 days she was in hospital were incredibly scary. The first five we didn’t know what was going on as she endured test after test; the last seven we were watching her slowly recover.
There’s nothing like the fright of a loved one in pain to focus the mind. Not that that happens immediately, of course. Focus takes time. There’s the disbelief first, then the fear, then trying to stifle and quell that fear in order to continue to function. It’s hard and I dissolved into tears a few times but, on reflection, I did learn a lot.
I learned that I have an amazing group of people around me who provide unconditional support and love. As stressful as it was sometimes writing updates to friends and family, it was also nurturing to read their beautiful words and to share those with my parents.
I learned that, as one lovely customer accurately said to me, family comes first, even when you are a small business owner. I had to close the shop early a few times. I didn’t write my blog for two weeks and I disappeared from social media for a while. Emails went unanswered for longer than normal, online orders sometimes took an extra day to be sent and often I was distracted at work and made quite a few silly mistakes.
And you know what? Nothing bad happened because of all this. That’s good to know!
Finally, I also learned (or affirmed, really) just how fabulous my mum is!
Not even being in hospital would stop her telling one and all about her daughter and her shoe shop. She even found out that one of her nurses had size 11 feet and before I knew it, her nurse had purchased two gorgeous pairs and was planning for more.
As mum continues to recover, and we all continue to adjust to what happened and the aftermath, when I walked into The Shoe Garden this morning I realised how happy and at peace I was to be back in my beautiful shop again.
And life went on.
Until next time
Carol & CCx