Empty Boots

Have you ever looked at a picture of empty combat boots? I mean really looked at it? I have a hard time looking at them. I'm not really sure why though. I think that when I see them it starts me wondering who was in those boots. Are they happy? Are they safe? Who loved the person that wore them and are they together now? What have the boots seen and experienced? Did they help them escape danger or take them to the waiting arms of someone who loved them?

I never expected to look at boots and wax philosophical about them, but I can't help but wonder what their story is. When my husband's boots are in the hall, sitting empty, I know he's home with me and I'm happy. When his boots are gone, there is a huge empty space where they once stood and I am sad.

I hope everyone gets to see the boots of someone you love, empty and in your halls.

1 Comment:

  1. Anonymous said...
    Hello there It is no secret that the wives and the children go through so much as well when their loved one is away I am also the wife of a soldier (NG) He is leaving in a couple of days for a second tour in Iraq Sweety I promise you it will get easier, his first deployment overseas I thought my guts were being ripped out. However even though I will miss him like CRAZY and my two girls will as well I have to keep it together for them. You can email me anytime at if you have questions or just need to vent it helps. OH by the way your feelings are real I experienced everything from guilt to anger and depression All you can think is "I just want him home" Keep praying and be proud of him also DO NOT watch the news it will just send you over the edge. I will try to get back with you again after he leaves and let you know how this deployment goes, one day at a time sometimes just one minute at a time Take care and thank you for the sacrifices you make as well.

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