Monday, June 01, 2009

Barefootin’

Let’s go back a bunch of years and remember our favorite Joanie Bartels’ song. What--I’m the only one who HAS one? Nah. Anyway, I have to say I enjoyed her rendition of Barefootin’. And to this day will break into song when properly provoked!

So I don’t know why the following scenario came as such a surprise to me, but last week, I was grabbing the newspaper from the driveway and saying hello to a neighbor walking her dog. Same old, same old, until she asked why my feet never got cold.

It took a few moments to realize that:

a) she wasn’t asking IF but WHY;
b) they weren’t at all cold, I mean, yeah, the pavement was, but who cared;


and

c) I guess I always walk outside first thing in the morning barefoot.


Which, once inside, led to the realization that:

a) I always take off my shoes the moment I get home;

and

b) I only put them back on when I am leaving the neighborhood.

Which I then concluded maybe isn’t entirely normal? Especially since:

a) I hate the look of my feet so it would stand to reason that I’d want to keep them hidden;



and

b) I also hate (HATE) getting splinters and rocks in my feet which hurt and slow me down.

So what’s with a life of barefootin’? All I can say is that going shoe-less feels like freedom to me. It’s luxury, it’s making my own choices, it’s being slightly rebellious within the realm of socially acceptable.

Which I guess is me.

So tell us, shoes on or off for you? And any fave Joanie Bartel songs?

Tina (who included a pic of her feet in a happy medium state--still breathin', but technically covered)

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15 comments:

Janie Emaus said...

Hi,
I would never even know that name, but I do know the song. I go barefoot a lot, too. In fact, I'm looking at my toes as I type this. I especially love feeling things squish between them. I'll leave what squishes to your imagination.

TinaFerraro said...

LOL on the squishy, Janie! Joanie Bartels is a children's performer who put a whole bunch of kids' albums out in the '90's. I admit I stopped following her career after that, don't know if she's still goin' barefootin' or whatever...

Thao said...

I don't know any songs by Joanie Bartels but the lyrics of that song sound nice. And I LOVE going barefoot, it feels relaxing and fun :)

Tera Lynn Childs said...

I'm totally the same way, Tina! The first thing I do when I step into my apartment or my parents' house is kick off my shoes and don't put them back on until we're about to get in the car. My mom and I are notorious for this (even on the blistering hot concrete of an Oklahoma summer).

TinaFerraro said...

Okay, I'm getting a great minds think alike vibe here. ;)

The Golfing Librarian said...

Great minds DO NOT think alike! :)
My shoes go on in the morning and come off when I go to bed! I've stepped on enough "things" in my life! 'Nuff said

stephhale said...

I have tender little hooves so my feet stay covered outside, but I'm always barefooted inside.

Cara King said...

I used to go barefoot a lot -- I think I have better balance that way. But you never know when you'll meet broken glass (evil!) or something that bites, so at some point I got out of the habit.

I'm almost always barefoot indoors, though -- except when my feet get too cold! (They are sometimes blocks of ice...they radiate pure cold...) :-)

TinaFerraro said...

Chuck, your great mind is akin to my husband's! He's a shoe guy, too!

Steph and Cara, you are in the house barefooters. Truth be told, that's probably wiser than my way!

The Golfing Librarian said...

I just discovered that today is National Go Barefoot Day! (or am I the last to know?) go to www.soles4soles.org or www.giveshoes.org for details!

Meredith said...

I am a Barefoot Girl all the way. If it is ok for me to take off my shoes, I do. I love my flip flops because that is as close to being barefoot as I can get and still be able to shop. Plus, in AZ, you kinda need the freedom and air. Otherwise your feet will get too hot.

~Meredith

TinaFerraro said...

Yep, Meredith, I've spent lots of time in Arizona--I agree about flip-flops.

Chuck, are you kidding me about National Go Barefoot Day?!?

The Golfing Librarian said...

Wouled I kid! I found it in a reference book called, "Chase's Calendar of Events 2009".

Nikki said...

I hate wearing shoes so much that I even wear sandals in the winter. I live in the South so it isn't like there is snow on the ground or anything but it still gets cold. I try to wear shoes but my feet start to feel claustrophobic.

Marley Gibson said...

I have to say that I have NO clue who Joanie Bartels is! LOL!! I'm so out of it.