Tough as Old Boots

old-boots

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In the first year

you’re wondering why you did this to yourself

in the second year

you’re plotting your escape

in the third year

you’re putting one foot in front of the other

and if your feet are clothed

in sturdy leather boots

one size too big

with room enough to grow

space for squirming toes

strong rubber soles

to cushion the blows

of walking on uneven ground

you might make it

to a place

you’ll never want to leave

where you can take your boots off

and let your feet breathe

the journey isn’t over

but we all need a rest

a happy anniversary

in between

remembering the memories we’ve made

and

making new ones to recall

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“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”
― A.A. Milne

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