These Boots Were Made For Walking

This image struck me as rather poignantour family's muddy walking boots lined up outside to dry.

I have searched long and hard for what must be the tiniest pair of stout footwear available on the market.  Then finally a pair came up on an auction site, a UK kids' 7, second hand, in grey and pink. I snapped them up.

These boots were made for walking - exercise counts

Yes, they are dinky and cute.  
But they are much, much more than that.  

They are a giant symbol of the hard work and determination that has been instilled in Natty over the years. A sign of how very hard she has worked to learn skills others might find easy.

  • The tummy time as a baby to MAKE her lift her head.
  • The rolled up towel under her tummy to ENCOURAGE her up onto all fours.
  • Sitting propped by cushions and in a Bumbo to TEACH her how to sit up.
  • Following electronic toys and jangly balls that moved away, to ENTICE her to crawl.
  • INSISTING that she got out of her pushchair as much as possible, later leaving it at home.
  • JOLLYING her along with songs and rhymes and 'Oh, what's that over there?' every time she wanted to be picked  up and carried to DISTRACT her from giving up. 

I've lost count of the times this ended in a tantrum, or she really has been genuinely exhausted and needed carrying. And yes, my back suffers sometimes, but... it's worth it.

In nature nothing is perfect and everything is perfect - Alice Walker

We are now in a place where we can enjoy nature and reap its benefits; go walking as a family; collect twigs, shells, look for signs of a Gruffalo, forage for blackberries, fill our lungs with fresh air, laugh at each other's rosy cheeks and burn off enough calories to make room for the hot chocolate afterwards.  

We are so lucky and grateful to be able to do this.

So, those little walking boots symbolise freedom, self-esteem and fitness.  
Not bad life lessons for anyone, not least a child with Down's syndrome. 


  1. Great Post! My daughter just started walking at 32 months, I am so relieved!

  2. Fabulous news We Can Do All Things. You can never underestimate the magnitude of reaching such a milestone when your child has been through what ours have, can you x

  3. Oh this is such a great post!!!!! I love it!!!!

  4. Inspirational ! How can our children set out on their journeys without permission to take those first steps. We have caught and sometimes missed our once stumbling boy. We have felt his little hand twist and writhe in our palms as he tried to escape. He has tripped, slipped, slid and crashed his way through years of risk taking . If we had denied him those constant breathtaking moments of adventure he never would have learnt how .

  5. Encouraging a child to do everyday ordinary things is hard when you feel they need help with everything. But sometimes the biggest steps forward happen when they are given the time and allowed to do it for themselves. Creating an Independant child is our aim. Being strong to allow yourself to let them be Independant is harder than we thought but we know we must do this. So we are.


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