The Columbus Dispatch regularly features a photograph of somebody out and about town, just as a human and community interest feature.
Sometimes those people are barefoot and I’ll show it to you.
But not this time. Here’s the photo from last Sunday.
[Caption from the Dispatch. Photo credit: Fred Squillante of the Dispatch]
In the newspaper itself the photo was in black and white, so it rather looked like the lower student was barefoot. But as you can see, when you go to color, she’s wearing white socks, probably white cotton socks.
Who the heck wears white cotton socks to climb a tree?
Now, going barefoot to climb a tree makes a lot of sense and is quite delightful. You get to feel what you are climbing and your feet curve nicely around a branch. But with socks you not only deaden the sensation, but the socks slip and slide around on your feet.
And they’ll also pick up all sorts of bark and anything on the bark. With bare feet, that doesn’t matter—that’s what bare feet are good at touching. If anything sticks, you just brush it off. But with socks, debris gets embedded in the fibers of the material.
Obviously, Ms. Keller can do whatever she likes. But I do wonder how much the current cultural norm of not going barefooted meant that none of this even occurred to her.