My mother-in-law passed recently on April 17. But before she passed, she gave my husband and I a reconfirmation of Life and all its wonders and mysteries.
She had had a stroke five years earlier. The resulting dementia and steadily declining health had landed her in a nursing facility 14 months ago. There had been numerous occasions, both before and after going to the facility, that everyone thought she was ready to pass but every time, her will to live caused her to do a 180-degree turn-around and bounce back.
If you’re not familiar with dementia, it’s difficult for a person to speak what they are thinking or even to think clearly at times. However, in what turned out to be our last conversation with her, there were two things she said that were uncharacteristically very direct and clear. First, she looked at my husband and stated with a strong voice, “Thank You George!” and then kept firmly repeating the phrase, “White Shoes”, trying almost desperately to make us understand something.
At the time, we were both rather emotional because we knew her time was near and did not give too much thought about what she may have been trying to say however we did keep wondering what she meant by white shoes. She passed the next day and when we went to her home to get clothing for her to be dressed in, we thought about the white shoes again.
She had a stack of shoeboxes, so we looked through them and to our amazement, there were a new, old pair of white shoes bought many years ago but had never once been worn. And even more curious, the soles were cracked completely through in numerous places similar to if you had broken a mirror. This was really odd. I have never seen soles of shoes crack or shatter like that before! We decided to have them placed in the casket with her because I had promised in our last conversation, that I would bring her shoes to her, which, at that time, had calmed her down.
When we got home from delivering her clothing and shoes, I started thinking about just how near her passing she had been and that the shoes had been more of a symbol of what was to happen or an image she had gotten while sleeping of what was to happen. DAH! I had been too emotional to be fully present and aware of what she was telling us!
I looked up the dream and spiritual meaning of white shoes and it all became clear. Shoes can indicate the starting out on a new path in life. Well she certainly was starting a new path in her existence by passing and the white color signified the Divine path she was about to embark on. And the cracks in the shoes clearly indicated they were never to be used on the earthly plane because they would fall apart. She had earned her White Shoes and it was time for her to Rest, Heal and find Peace.
So what was reconfirmed to us?
⇒ Never give up or give in! She had strength through her Will to Live and lived as long as her body could support her; much longer than we would have ever thought possible with the list of ailments she had had for years.
⇒ There are mysteries and magic in being alive! Cherish Life and all its wonders!
⇒ Remain aware and open to anything that might occur. If you don’t, you may miss something very precious.
⇒ That Love can overcome any obstacle! It was her love that gave her the strength to have a few moments of enough clarity to speak to us and say what she needed us to hear.
What moments in your Life were a reconfirmation to you? Please share them below.