Perhaps because I spend a lot of time barefoot, I always let the boys run around barefoot.
Yes, in the city. Yes, on the sidewalks. Yes, in the rain. Yes, in winter.
I did draw the line at walking barefoot in the snow.
I never understood why anyone would buy shoes with hard soles for infants, much less someone spending a significant amount of time trying to learn how to walk. It is so much easier to toddle barefoot.
I had mothers look askance, fathers lift their eyebrows, teachers harrumph. But did I care? No I did not.
I told the mother’s that being dirty can boost your immune system.
I told the fathers that being dirty can make you happier.
I told the teachers the boys would wear shoes by the time they started kindergarten.
Now that everyone is all grown up and shoe-wearing, I finally found the best reason to walk barefoot.
So, now that you have the perfect rejoinder for those nosy adults with nothing better to do than get on your case for the choices you make with your children, please, for me, go forth, and go forth barefoot.