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May

No Socks Day

Posted by Brittany

No Socks DayNo Socks Day Day was created by the holiday lovers at wellcat.com as a way to free our feet for a day and lighten our laundry loads by one less pair of socks. On this day participants are encouraged to give up their socks and stockings for a day. And if you’re feeling really adventurous go ahead and give up those shoes too!

I barely put on a pair of socks or shoes the entire summer after my freshman year of high school. I was still too young to work and spent most of my days being lazy and probably doing just about everything I could to get on my parents’ nerves. But every night after dinner I would get out of the house for a few hours and go on an incredibly long walk with one of my neighborhood friends, Crystal. We walked all over Lake Ridge, covering miles of ground during our epic promenades, talking and laughing all the while — and the entire time we walked we were completely barefoot! By the end of the summer my feet were hard and calloused, and they could barely feel the burn of hot asphalt anymore.

Now I can’t imagine going outside barefoot. With age I’ve become much more squeamish. And while I still feel nature holds a lot of beauty, there are also a lot of gross things to be stepped on outside. I still walk around the house barefoot, and prefer flip-flops in the warmer months, but you just won’t find me out of doors without shoes and socks — unless it’s snowing. Sometimes when we’ve got a few inches of snow on the ground I love to run out into it barefoot for a few minutes. It feels so good to bring my frozen feet back inside and hold them over a warm grate or in front of the fireplace! Plus, there’s something about the snow that seems inherently clean so I don’t get the creeps thinking about what I might be stepping on.

In honor of No Socks Day Chris treated me to a relaxing and much-needed pedicure. He dropped me off at a nail salon while he did some Mother’s Day shopping (more on that later), and I settled on a french pedicure, which turned out quite nice. I don’t usually spend a lot of time or money on my nails — I bite my fingernails and I usually wear sensible tennis shoes to the office — so I don’t give them very much thought. But once or twice during the summer, for the benefit of my flip-flop filled evenings and weekends, I acquiesce to a pedicure. Chris has even sucked it up and gone with me a couple of times! Today’s pedicure was my first of 2011 and I’m happy to say that it was a success and I’ll no longer be afraid to show my feet in public.

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