Well, going a day without wearing shoes was harder than I thought. Most of the day I was within the confines of my own office and although my feet did get cold, I was pretty comfortable going barefoot. However, I did feel it would be more sanitary to put my shoes back on before going to the bathroom. But slipping back into my shoes reminded me that I had the option to avoid the dirty bathroom floor, unlike the many children in developing countries are going barefoot and are constantly aware of the ground in front of them.
I had my annual physical scheduled that afternoon so I had to leave work early. In the car I decided to drive without my shoes on but I hesitated when it was time to walk into the doctor's office. Should I slip my shoes back on or boldly walk in barefoot? Apparently, I am not so bold...
Later in the day, after I had picked up the kids (and taken Tallen BACK TO THE DOCTOR AGAIN to check for an ear infection), we were home getting ready for dinner when Sophia suggested that we have a picnic outside. She asked if we could put a "rug" down, which I assumed meant a blanket for our picnic. I quickly agreed because it was a perfect day to head outdoors without our shoes and enjoy the late afternoon weather in Dallas. I grabbed a blanket and walked out to the backyard and onto the grass. Sophia walked to the edge of the patio and stopped.
"Come on, sweetie," I said to Sophia. "Can you help me spread out the blanket for our picnic?"
"Mommy, I can't walk on the grass without my shoes."
"Yes you can. " I turned to look at her, standing hesitantly at point of the yard where the concrete patio ends and the grass begins. "The ground is not wet and the grass is soft," I said.
"I don't like how it feels on my feet," she tells me again.
I was shocked to hear that my little girl does not like to walk on the grass barefoot. I turned to look at Trey, but he was busy holding a somewhat grumply baby boy on his lap while gliding in the rocker under the pergola. Any other time I might haved tried to convince Sophia to run through the grass barefoot, but right now I knew she was hungry which meant she might be near the tipping point of a tantrum and I REALLY didn't want to push her over the edge. So I shrugged my shoulders and spread the blanket out onto the grass at the edge of the patio so Sophia could step right off the concrete onto the blanket. She happily leaped onto the blanket and sat down in anticipation of our picnic. Sophia invited her dad and brother to join us for a family picnic and Trey (with his soft spot for his baby girl) sat down on the blanket to join us, even though he had already eaten dinner.
I spread out the food (Sophia said we needed LOTS of food for our picnic) and we ate our dinner barefoot on the blanket in the backyard. Just to let you know our picnic assortment included: a chicken sandwhich, carrot sticks, red bell pepper hummus, pita chips, dried cranberries, almonds, strawberries and animal crackers. Not too long after we started eating, Sophia said her feet were cold so I went inside to get her some socks. Once again I was reminded of my children's abundance of their basic needs while children in developing nations live in poverty and struggle for food, shelter, clothing, socks, and shoes.
While Trey was giving the kids their baths, I headed to the grocery store. Knowing that I might be denied service if I entered the store without wearing shoes, I put them on one last time. As soon as I got home I took them off again and headed into the kitchen to cook some lunch for Trey and I to eat the next day. Once again, I noticed how cold and hard the tile floor is in the kitchen. My feet were already tired from going barefoot most of the day but I finished cleaning up and finally sat down around 9PM last night.
I cautiously looked at the bottom of my feet. They were dirty, but not too bad. My feet and my legs were aching and I was wishing for a foot massage. What if I had to go through this every day?
I have to agree that IT'S HARD WITHOUT SHOES. So today, I am going online and buying my first pair of TOMS shoes. My purchase will allow for one pair of shoes to be donated to a child in need. And I get a really cool, comfortable pair of shoes to wear. Now I just have to pick a color...