Have you ever really thought about how important your feet are to your every day activities and well-being? I’m going to guess you haven’t, unless, one of them hurts. We take so much of our body for granted because we don’t feel its parts individually until something happens to make us take notice.

As a child, I was often barefoot, indoors and outside, when the weather was warm, or hot. We did not wear flip-flops outside when it was cold, we wore properly fitting shoes and socks. My mother was a big advocate for good shoes that fit well. I carry that belief today. One shouldn’t have to “break in” a pair of shoes, they should be comfortable the first day you wear them. It’s called being kind to your feet and back. I have read that a lot of back problems come from ill-fitting shoes. I don’t have a resource to quote, but I believe it to be true.

The picture for today makes me smile. Those tiny little feet sticking out between the two big pair. Doesn’t it make you want to recite “This Little Piggy” and wiggle each one of those toes. It does me. When my children were born, I gazed at their tiny faces and then counted their fingers and toes. It’s just something a mother does.

Recently at a funeral I was talking to the nephew of the man who had passed. I asked him how he was doing. His response, “When I was drying my feet to come here, I had a good cry.” When I looked perplexed, he explained, “I stayed overnight at my Uncle Jerry’s when I was little and he showed me how to dry between my toes and explained why it was important. I guess it made a lasting impression. I think of him every time I do it.”

Our feet allow us to go through our day walking, skipping, jogging, dancing, hopping, or playing sports. They deserve to be pampered with a massage, a pedicure, or being raised up so they can rest.  If you don’t like the looks of your feet, which seems to be common sentiment, show them some love anyway.