There Was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

“And then she got older”.

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe

She had so many health issues she didn’t know what to do.

Doctors and therapists said there’s nothing wrong

Go home you old lady; I’m tired of hearing your song.

“And then she became angry.”

There was an old lady who screamed out in fear

No one can help me she cried out in tears.

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe

She gave up on life and said the hell with all of you.

Then one friend on Facebook who was a true friend

Booked a flight to be with this old lady until the very end.

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe

Her friend held her hand and asked what could she do.

“Just sit with me young lady; my fear is to die all alone

Tell me I matter until God takes me home.”

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe

Who went to heaven without feeling blue.

Written by,

Terry Shepherd

12 thoughts on “There Was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

  1. doctors and therapists often have a lack of knowledge, wisdom, and compassion. we live in a dark ages of medicine; years from now people will shake their heads in disbelief at the term “wellness,” and mock the plethora of antibiotics, chemotherapy (anyone for a leeching?), and chemical poisoning our era endured in the name of medicine.

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    • i have to agree with you on this one. People believe everything they see on the media and news. They question very little and will pop any medication into their mouths without question. I hate taking medications and only take what is absolutely needed. The system is screwed up. I guess you really don’t want to get me started on our medical society. I’d never shut up. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Beautiful put. You told it well from the shoe lady’s point of view. One of the things of aging is that sooner or later all have to face loneliness. Don’t give up on writing and telling the story of The lonely that gives them a voice. xx

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  3. Hello my dear “old” blogging friend (not a reference to your age). I have always kept your blog bookmarked but haven’t been involved on WP for maybe 5 years now aside from a post I reluctantly wrote about my corneal transplant a year ago. I had to think about how to log on to leave a comment!

    I was perusing your blog late this night after all these years and stumbled upon your poem which is so meaningful to me, even if I am a couple decades younger than you. I sure feel like the old woman in the shoe due to all my health issues and inept doctors. It is hard losing your health and even harder when you are left all alone as a result. I can relate and deal with loneliness on a daily basis. Illness isolates us and it needs to be discussed! You always have a blogging friend in me and I am elated tonight to see that you, Terry, are still blogging and now adding your photographs more than before. You have crossed my mind many times over the years and I should have looked for your blog when thinking about my friend in Indiana but my vision was getting worse and things have been rather dismal on my end for so long (you know the story).

    I never use my name on here, but I think you knew me as “A” and maybe you remember my left eye in my Gravatar. It now has a donor cornea (and 17 radial stitches) from someone very special who passed away so that I could see better and keep their legacy going, although I have no idea who they were or where they were from. While my right eye is less than stellar, I can almost see 20/20 with a lens and glasses via my left eye now and just have trouble driving at night and reading things, etc. What a blessing. I think of it as the circle of life in a way.

    Off to read a bit more and then call it a night! So wonderful to find your blog in my long list of bookmarks and see it is still going in 2019. Happy holidays to you and have a wonderful 2020. To better health in the new year…


  4. I’m so glad you wrote. I’m still blogging but not as much. I post a lot of stories and photos on my Facebook. I now have a chronic illness vut still push forward. I have 2 Multiple System Atrophy pages also on Facebook where I teach and help patients and families. Helping others is my lifeline I think. The day I can’t is the day I’m ready for heaven. Merry Christmas my dear friend. Also did I say getting older sucks? Well if not it does. Lol


    • I’m so glad you found a lifeline. I don’t do FB or would check out your sites. I think that is a great thing you are doing for others with MSA and their families. I went through the end of the journey with you via your blog. MSA is very cruel and I’m sure people are looking anywhere they can for help. It’s still very hard for me to sit due to my EDS (genetic disease that is my nemesis) so I am not online much. I’m sorry you are having chronic health issues like me. I saw that on your blog last night and was worried it was what your brother had but I think not. We never know when we will lose our health. I was only 27 and it’s been nearly 2 decades of this now. I was such a healthy eater and was always in the gym but one bad gene in my DNA had other plans for me. Comorbid conditions, such as my corneal disease, pop up every few years so I, too, am afraid of getting older. It does suck! Even my late grandmother said that in her 70s before she got sick. It was because my grandfather had had a stroke and she, like you, was his primary caregiver and it was a big job. She said “so much for the golden years” or something to that effect. That was 20 years ago and I can still hear her voice and I felt so badly about it at the time and still do. It’s not fair. Some people always have lady luck on their side and some of us are just plain unlucky or something. It’s the whole why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people thing.

      It’s amazing how we take our health or pain-free days or vision for granted until they’re gone. It’s been almost 20 years since my body was not my personal torture chamber (my joke) so I do empathize and wish people could be more understanding of those living with chronic illness(es). Just try to keep that lifeline as it helps to have a purpose and you have a lot to give. I wish I had one still and Lord knows I have tried over the years via volunteering, my blog, etc.

      Hang in there and great to hear from you, even though things have taken a turn for the worse health-wise. 😦 I will be celebrating Hanukkah in 2 days but a Merry X-Mas to you! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers…

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      • I know this is a busy time of year but would you mind staying in touch with each other?

        I had one big fall yesterday. I fell on the corner of a sturdy card board box. I tore off the top layer of skin on my bum. If it’s not one thing it’s another, right?

        I was wondering if you would like to email each other so not all we say is public?
        Merry Christmas my friend.


      • Yes, that would be fine with me! Thanks for asking. I am a rather private person which was another reason WP didn’t really work for me and I wouldn’t put my name on my blog but I am not as weird via email, lol. I just won’t email with most people who drop by my blog b/c who knows who they are? Do you have my email via my comment info? I think it used to be in there but WP is so different now for those of us with free accounts. I’m so sorry about your fall! Oh, yikes. I hope you will be on the mend soon…

        I am not busy during the holidays at all since I don’t celebrate X-Mas and have no family where I live. I am such a shut-in that it just adds to the depression, in all honestly. Email me whenever. I am in the process of getting a new laptop as the battery is kaput on this one but am usually prompt to reply. I do tend to be online late at night and am on Pacific Time just so you know and I still write in a huge font which I hope won’t bother you.

        Keep in touch! 🙂

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  5. Just letting you know I sent an email to your Yahoo earlier (I spotted your email when you left me a comment). I saw your last comment on my blog in my inbox but don’t want to put my email on WP or anywhere online so wasn’t sure how else to contact you. I have a few alias emails , like the one I use on here, and they have almost all been hacked so very worrisome. Anyway, check your spam folder if you don’t get it in your inbox. My first name starts with A. Just FYI and hope you got it. Talk soon or when you can or even next year! Never a rush with me…

    Feel better soon.


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