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#thanksgiving

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Instagram photo by kcimmsWhen you look at this shoe, most of you will see a wooden cutout with metal symbols hammered into it. I see love, faith, compassion, hope. As you might know, I have a thing for shoes. Last November, my friends Mary Holmes Giorlando, Sandy Collier and Larry Holmes were in Mexico and saw this shoe. While they debated buying it for me, the shop owner asked if they would like him to explain what the charms, or decorative milagros (miracles) nailed onto that particular shoe meant. The first one he pointed to meant "no breast cancer." Having battled breast cancer (successfully, I hope) this summer, they were all pretty stunned. According to the slip of paper Mary gave me: "Milagros are expressions of thanks for the intervention of the Saints. They are blessings. They are protections. They are for good luck." Do I feel blessed? Absolutely. Some of the other meanings of the milagros Mary explained as she presented this to me among a group of friends, both old and new: smarter than most people; likes to travel; perceptive of situations but philosophical about the meaning; keen observer of people; good outcome after surgery and no illness (yes!); eyes; likes to eavesdrop (not true! ;-) ) I will treasure this gift as I treasure the people who gave it to me. From my heart, I love you Mary, Sandy and Larry. <3 <3 <3 #breastcancer #fuckcancer #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #friendsgiving #blessed #feelingblessed #shoes #shoelover #shoeaddict #goodfriends #milagros #mexico #thanksgiving #lovemyfriends

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