Stylist Notices Nurse’s Shoes When She Falls Asleep In Salon And Snaps Secret Photo To Thank Her

Medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and paramedics devote much of their time and energy to making sure we are safe and healthy. They don’t get a lot of time to themselves, and many would argue that they don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Ashley Bolling is a stylist and mother of three who is letting it be known that these people, particularly nurses, deserve more than just a thank you. She posted a sweet message for nurses everywhere after one came into her salon, Captivate Salon & Spa, and dozed off in her chair. The woman hadn’t slept all night and was clearly exhausted. Ashley gently rested her head against her stomach, but it was her shoes that grabbed her attention. They weren’t worn down or dirty — she was simply amazed by how much weight they carried, both literally and figuratively.

You can read Ashley Bolling’s sweet and moving tribute to nurses below.

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Ashley Bolling is a stylist and mother of three living in Kentucky.

stylist praises nurse

Her shift took an unexpected turn when a nurse walked into the salon and sat in her chair.

stylist praises nurse

The woman looked exhausted and fell asleep while Ashley was working on her hair.

stylist praises nurse

Then the stylist noticed her shoes and a thought popped into her head.

stylist praises nurse

This woman was so exhausted because she was busy saving lives all day — and that people like her deserve to be thanked for their service.

stylist praises nurse

Ashley posted on Facebook about the encounter, along with a photo of the nurse’s shoes — which she took in secret.

stylist praises nurse

I had one of those “stop-you-in-your-tracks,” extremely humbling moments while working quietly on the hair of a very exhausted, sleeping nurse.

stylist praises nurse

She’d been at work all night and hadn’t been to bed when she landed in my chair, but not before stopping to buy my breakfast on her way.

stylist praises nurse

As she dozed off, I gently rested her head on my stomach and continued to foil her hair…. then I noticed her shoes.

stylist praises nurse

I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked.

stylist praises nurse

I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In & out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for?

stylist praises nurse

I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.

stylist praises nurse

But with those shoes propped up in that chair, phone in her lap, I got the chance to take care of her (even if it was just for a few hours) and I felt extremely honored to take care of such a hard-working, inspiring woman I’m so lucky to call my friend.

stylist praises nurse

I’ve always respected and valued these amazing superheroes and am proud to be the sister, daughter, niece, friend, and hairstylist of so many. Know you are appreciated, know you are irreplaceable, know you are loved!

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