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Mother Spots Teens Shoes On The Front Deck. But Then The Unexpected Truth Hits Her Squarely In The Face!

Mother Spots Teens Shoes On The Front Deck. But Then The Unexpected Truth Hits Her Squarely In The Face!

Mother Spots Teens Shoes On The Front Deck. But Then The Unexpected Truth Hits Her Squarely In The Face!

It had been a long day of running around doing errands when Heather Duckworth finally got home. As she walked up the steps on her front porch, she was immediately greeted by the sight of children’s shoes strewn about haphazardly in a pile by the front door. A wave of emotions washed over her as she thought about what all the shoes meant.

The mother of four snapped a quick picture and later wrote on her blog that the pile of shoes meant that her kids were home and their friends were over. They were inside hanging out either listening to music, playing video games or air hockey, watching shows, and most likely eating all her food! However, they also symbolized so much more than the obvious.

Those shoes represented the memories and realization that this would be the last summer before her oldest children went off to college. After 18 years of raising them, protecting and making sure they were safe, and teaching them the ways of the world, they were moving out. As Heather thought back to all the years that had passed by, the memories came flooding back. She felt nostalgic and sentimental, happy and sad, worried but hopeful.

Rather than get stuck on the overwhelming feelings of loss she had towards her children moving out, Heather chose to view the bittersweet moment as a sign that she should be thankful for the present. She knew she should be grateful for having such great kids who were going places and to enjoy her time with them while she could. She wrote that she simply wants to live in the moment and be happy, which is what her children would want her to do.

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