Growing up in Georgia we would spend the whole summer barefoot. We would run out the door and through grass to our friends’ houses and down to the creek. Sometimes we would “fire walk” on the black asphalt but you couldn’t do that in the middle of the day. You would burn the soles of your feet and that, my friends, is not fun.
Michael thinks my feet are so rough because I was barefoot as a kid all the time. I think I just need a pedicure.
I think flip flops are so popular now that maybe kids are wearing flip flops instead of going barefoot. Are parents more afraid of stepping on stuff or is it just that flip flops are more socially acceptable?
Arizona is even more flip flop crazy than Georgia I think. These folks wear flip flops literally year round and even to church! I have multiple pairs of flip flops here — including my everyday flip flops and my rhinestone fancy flip flops. Did you know flip flops could be fancy?
The pavement is too hot here to risk the fire walk so the kids keep flip flops and other slip-on sandals by the door. I also worry about stepping on scorpions here. Plus there isn’t much grass. It’s mostly rocks between yards and that is a different circus act. (Hot rock walking – two skills, not just one.)
So is going barefoot a happy part of a carefree summer or a great way to step on bee, get Athlete’s Foot and develop calluses? Is going barefoot old fashioned fun or something else? Do your kids head out to play barefoot or would you never allow it? Do you think flip flop popularity is cutting into barefoot time?
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