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18 August 2008 @ 12:43 pm
A conversation with a kid  

I just returned from the grocery store, where I bought, among other things, an onion. I typically store my onions wrapped in newspaper, but as I looked around the kitchen I remembered that today is trash day and that all our old newspapers had been put out with the recycling. Woe! But then I remembered having seen a freebie paper sitting outside earlier, so I went out to grab it, not bothering to put on my shoes. Whereupon I had the following conversation with the little girl who lives two doors down.

Girl: Hello!
Me: Hi! How are you today?
Girl: Why aren't you wearing any shoes?
Me: Well, I was just coming out to grab that newspaper over there and I didn't think I'd need any shoes since I wasn't going very far.
Girl: I'll get it!
Me: Oh, thank you! You didn't have to do that, but it was very nice of you.
Girl: You're welcome!
Me: And next time I come out I promise I'll put on my shoes.
Girl: You should probably put on new socks too.
Me: OK, I'll do that.

Now, to my way of thinking, the odd thing about my trip outside was not that I was not wearing shoes, but that I still had the onion in my hand. But to her, apparently, carrying around an onion is perfectly normal, or at least less worthy of comment than going outside sans shoes.

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(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I hate to say it, but your nephew is a shoe (and socks) obsessed child who would be rather concerned that you were going outside (let alone walking around indoors) without your shoes or socks.

John Heaton: Goddammit Lanajheaton on August 19th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I was wearing socks! She wanted me to put on new ones because I'd gotten the ones I was wearing dirty by wearing them outside with no shoes! (I'm not wearing socks right now though. For shame!)
tsukata on August 18th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
I've had a kid (also a girl, coincidentally) comment on me being barefoot before, although my instance happened in front of a parent. Thus, it became clear very quickly that the parent had told the kid (at some point) that it wasn't safe to go outside without shoes, and the kid was basically pointing out to parent, by way of asking me things, that here I was, an adult, seemingly safe, and also barefoot.