On Being a Parent: Barefooting
As I think about going barefoot, I remember my outdoor son, Erick, told me a while back of numerous benefits of going barefoot. It made perfect sense as a child, but it’s a laughing matter as an adult. I kick my shoes off when I get home, but that’s about it. However, he insists, “Wearing shoes endlessly is like having gloves on twenty-four hours a day!”
I suppose it’s a good thing my kids are older and can make up their own minds about shoes. As for me, after reading multiple articles, I may walk barefoot on the pretty green grass close to our patio. Other than that, I’ll stick with shoes while away from home, as I don’t want any finger pointing and whispers of the word “senile.”
According to a professor from the University of New England, Jim McFarland, “Earthing shouldn’t be written off as a New Age trend for hippies.” He believes in the good our bodies get from letting our feet touch the ground, such as boosts to our immune systems.
Another fan of barefooting, podiatrist Dr. Simon Wikler, has written the book, “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk.” Feet weren’t really “built,” after all, to always be pent up in shoes.
While you won’t find me at the mall barefoot, I don’t think going barefoot is a bad idea in safe places, such as your own backyard. Challenge your kids to let go of their shoes while at home, both inside and out. The many sensitive pressure points on our feet were placed there for a purpose. We all know how good a foot rub feels.
One thing my husband and I are enjoying to the fullest now are all the songbirds in our backyard. It’s as though they are all trying to outdo each other. That, with the green all around, is such a pleasure. I get excited to know Ashley, my six-year-old grandchild, will be here before long and we will have a rendezvous on a blanket under the stars in our backyard. A shooting star would top it off. And of course … we will be barefoot!
“If I had my life to live over again, I’d run barefoot, relax a bit more,
I’d talk more to children, and I’d learn how they laugh.”
— Amy Grant, singer, author, actress
Antje Hill spends time between Mississippi and Michigan and spends her time writing and speaking at various events.