I walk to work barefoot
Why do you not walk to work?
Why not choose a home
near enough to where
you work and play
Why do you wear shoes?
when we have smooth sidewalks and soft grass
do you put plastic on your feet?
Why don’t you want to feel the earth –
the dust from which you came?
I’ve learned a lot walking to work barefoot
How being eccentric can actually make you more approachable
Which leads to meeting that grandma
who’s agreed to provide daycare for her youngest grandchildren
but only until she says a harsh word to them
because she wants the best for them
And that couple from Holland
who not only raised two children of their own
but invited in five girls pregnant with fatherless little ones
to live until they got their feet back under them
I think I know why we’re afraid to walk to work barefoot
We want to protect ourselves
We wear shoes and go from house to car to office to car to house
to avoid feeling
what might be uncomfortable
We strive to maintain a sense of control
to avoid dirty feet
or losing track of time chatting with a neighbor
But what’s so bad about a little mud and conversation?