First, a picture from 1970, via Flickr:
And now, from yesterday:
In Colorful Characters: Hans Peter Bertelsen, I wrote about how Hans Peter Bertelsen was considered the inspiration for John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “The Barefoot Boy”. However, in a comment to that, it was suggested that Whittier himself was the barefoot boy.
What’s the real scoop?
Every now and again there will be discussions about the wisdom of my having sued a couple of libraries over their barefoot rules. Usually the complaint is that there are a bunch of libraries that now have rules against bare feet because I lost those lawsuits.
I thought I’d take a closer look at just how much effect those lawsuits really had on barefoot access to libraries.
Via the blog Free Range Kids comes a story about the Boulder, Colorado Library deciding that Kids Under 12 Can’t be Alone in Library Due to “Dangers” of Stairs, People & Furniture.
Their reasons will sound rather familiar to barefooters.
It can be frustrating being a barefooter (NSS). It seems that there is always somebody around who not only has bought into the myths, but also feels that it is their duty to enforce those myths.
We’ve seen that with my library lawsuits.
But on the other side, progress is made. After one goes barefoot for a while one becomes known throughout one’s life as one who never (or rarely) wears shoes, and there will be people who are sympathetic (or sometimes, amazingly, even admiring). They will note one as “their” customer. And they will even accommodate barefooting.
I’ve had a few of those, including one last Friday.