When is a talisman no longer a talisman?

me in my mum’s holey soles

On the anniversary on my mum’s death, her holey soles were taken from my front porch. As I returned from a mid day sunny walk with Loosey the prior week, the holey soles had caught my eye and I thought to myself how inviting they looked sitting there. A thought whipped through me that perhaps someone may ‘help themselves’ to the talisman of my mum, and I quickly dismissed this thought. As we do with 20/20 hindsight, I now wish I had listened and I had brought the holey soles inside.

In dictionary.reference.com, talisman is described as “anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions”. I am captured by how some thing can take on ‘so much power’ and as a wise friend said to me, “sometimes things are taken away from us in order to liberate us to the flow of energy itself”. I miss walking in my mum’s shoes, but I realize that she is always ‘walking with me’.

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