Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Almost one year ago, my husband was laid off from his job.  The company’s stocks dropped dramatically and reorganization was in effect.  I will never forget the phone call, the shock and disbelief in his voice, his apologetic tone.  It felt very surreal, similar to the moments when you are being tousled in a wave and you are not sure if you are going to come out of it alive.  Your entire life passes before your eyes. 

I am generally a very happy optimistic glass is half full kinda girl.  But this was a hard one.  And my husband was hit even harder.  We had become a casualty of the economic recession.  No income.  Nada.  Zilch!  I felt sick.  We were faced with so many uncertainties.  Not to mention the identity crisis Kevin went through.  Do I need to get a job?  Can we continue to unschool?  How much is in our savings?  Can we keep the house?  What will become of us?  Who am I?

As a mother of three, I could not go back to bed, crawl into a hole or drown my sorrows in chocolate and tequila.  I had a family to take care of.  As I began to get over the shock and think clearly, a little ditty popped into my head.  Do you remember this one?

Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking across the floor.  Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be walking out the door.  You never will get where you’re going if you never get up on your feet.  Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowing, a fast walking man is hard to beat.”

This song is from “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”.  I grew up in the 70’s.  Anyone that grew up during this time and had a television, watched these tacky but sweet holiday specials year after year.  Little did I know back then, when I was just a little girl, that this song would be my saving grace some day.    

I took Winter Warlocks advice and got up on my feet and put one foot in front of the other. This became my motto.  Every day I would tell myself, “put one foot in front of the other.”  As I gained strength, and began to walk across the floor, I started to make some drastic changes.  We simplified our lives, did for ourselves what we used to pay people to do and learned to live in a cloud of uncertainty.  As time passed, we actually began to feel very grateful for the roof over our head, the food on our table and our warm beds.  We learned to be thankful for what we had and not overly focus on what we didn’t have.  When one is faced with losing everything, you begin to truly see and appreciate the most important things.      

One year later, not only are we still standing, we are walking out the door!  Kevin starts his new job tomorrow morning.  Thank you Winter Warlock!!!

To see a remake of this song from “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” check out this link:   


5 Responses to “Put One Foot in Front of the Other”

  1. Jill Schlanser Says:

    Wonderful :) Gave me a little boost this morning that I very much needed.. thanks! btw, you write beautifully..

  2. Deanne Says:

    We all need a boost once in a while. Glad I could help. Have a great day!

  3. Mom Says:

    .You never cease to amaze me!

  4. Eldridge Hagert Says:

    Great site!!!

  5. Amy @ Frugal Mama Says:

    Hi Deanne,

    What a fantastic start on a fascinating blog! I love your About Deanne page. Too bad we live so far away. I’d love to come see your band play and chat about blogging and parenting. (p.s. Your mom forwarded your link to my aunt who sent it along to me.)

    Keep the writing coming!


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