Then one evening, I was reading my kids a book called The Country Bunny and The Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack. It is always a favorite of ours during the Easter season. It has gorgeous illustrations and is exceptionally well written. For those who haven't read this book it is a story about a young girl bunny who always dreamed of being chosen to be one of Grandfather Bunny's five Easter Bunnies (in this story there are 5 Easter Bunnies who bring beautiful eggs to boys and girls each Easter Eve). Well, in usual fashion, she is told she will never be good enough to be one of the Easter Bunnies especially after she has 21 children to raise. So she gives up her dream while she raises her children (sound familiar).
A few years pass and Grandfather Bunny announces that one of the five Easter Bunnies has retired, and he is going to pick a new Easter Bunny. So our gal and her children hop on over to the Easter castle where she is able to show everyone that she is wise, swift, and kind and even though she has 21 children she is still able to achieve her dream of becoming the newest Easter Bunny. Not only is she awarded the new job, but Grandfather Bunny gives her the most difficult egg to deliver. She has to quickly travel over mountains and rivers and more mountains to reach a sick little boy. She does her best, but just as she reaches the top of the last mountain she slips and tumbles all the way back down. When she tries to get up and start again she realizes she has broken her leg.
Just then Grandfather Bunny arrives and gives her a pair of magical gold shoes. He tells her that he only gives the gold shoes to the bravest of all his Easter Bunnies and she has proven what a brave bunny she is by tackling that journey. So she puts on the gold shoes and is able to finish her delivery. From then on the gold shoes hang from a special hook in her house, and she continues to deliver Easter eggs every Easter eve.
After we finished reading, it hit me how much I loved this story. Unbelievably, it was written in 1939 and the themes are still so pertinent today. The idea that resonates for me is that you can raise your family but you shouldn't lose sight of your own dreams, ambitions, and passions in the process. We are all complex individuals with the ability to have a family and a passion, whether it is a job or a hobby or a calling, we just have to persevere and work hard. In the end, we all want to earn a pair of gold shoes to hang on a special hook in our home because we were wise, kind, and very, very brave.
So then it just came to me...I want to be that person who earns a pair of gold shoes. I want to always be kind and wise and brave...I want to be a Gold Shoe Girl...I envision my blog being about my experiences not only as a mom but as a person who has all kinds of other interests, someone who is always looking for more, someone who is passionate about life. Hopefully, at the end of this new journey, I will have earned my own pair of Gold Shoes.
Gold Shoe Girl