21 Feb 2013
little man shoes
His tiny hesitant steps have made way for confident, long legged strides. I will blink and he will be running. This I am sure of. These strong legs showed themselves before he greeted this world with much nudging and kicking from within his watery home. His sister before him was the same.
With each step the world opens up to him and he; my little pilgrim is eagerly following these trails to new adventures. I watch from the perfect distance. Such a distance as to let him scout about quiet in the gentle happiness that is exploring and yet close enough to scoop him up should danger rear her ugly head near him.
At times I see his knee flex and send a soccer ball soaring between white poles, or agile limbs navigate a skateboard precariously down a concrete bowl. I so dream that these feet will carry him around the globe. I hope they will trek the Great Wall of China, kick dust up on The Cinque Terre, dance the tango in the grand marble halls of the Palais Garnier (like his Mumma and Dadda did!). May they feel sand, dirt, cool water and rock. After many adventures may they return home to this magnificent land.
But for now, may they feel the warmth and safety of little leather soled shoes and be protected from life's stumbles by the grandest of loves.
Remy's soft little feet needed coverage on our many adventures. Knowing his feet will grow so very rapidly I hesitated at the cost of a new pair. Ever trying to "make do" I used the Teeny-tiny-goody-two-shoes pattern by Allison Lark from Meet Me At Mike's by Pip Lincolne to make him a wee pair. I slightly enlarged the pattern to cater for his big hoofs and added a soft suede soul rather than material to give him protection from nasty, spiky things (Sewing with the soft leather was easier than I thought and just required some slow, careful stitching and lots of little snips on the curves to help ease it all together). Some stripey scraps and a whisker of denim from my fabric basket and off he goes!
Joining in with these lovely souls.