Only about one person in 1,461 is born on February 29. They’re the 0.07%. My father was one of them.
Today would have been his 23rd birthday.
I know it’s been a long time since I last wrote here. I’m afraid the Muses have left me. However, I do want to at least do a summary wrap-up post with some observations about the interaction between my last trip Out West and barefootedness.
If you read all the entries, you’ll know that there were times that I donned footwear (even though I had really, really hoped not to resort to it). Here are some observations and realizations I acquired through that experience.
One of the blogs I regularly read is Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids. She debunks a lot of the unreasonable fears that parents have these days and advocates for letting kids grow up the way we used to, without having parents constantly hovering and directing their lives.
She recently highlighted “The Creek Boys of Raleigh” and it shows, that given a chance, kids do still go barefoot.
There is a new TV show on tonight you all might like. It is World’s Worst Mom, and it is on the Discovery Life channel (which used to be their Fitness & Health channel).
Lenore Skenazy was labeled the “World’s Worst Mom” when she let her then 9-year-old son ride public transport in New York City. He was more than capable of doing so and found it quite empowering. Lenore now has a blog, Free Range Kids that deals with the sort of helicoptering parents that are afraid to let their kids do anything. These are the sorts of things that we older folks did all the time in our youths. These days, we even see parents getting arrested or investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their kids do totally innocuous things. Lenore is also frequently featured in the libertarian Reason.
In one instance, Lenore was written to by a woman who had the police bring her children home for being barefooted outdoors. I wrote about it here: Free-Range Bare Feet. These sorts of issues help explain, I think, at least some of the opposition to people going barefooted.
In the show, Lenore tries to help some parents work through their unreasonable fears. Tonight’s two episodes are about a mother who treats her 10-year-old boy like a toddler (not even letting him ride a bike), and another mother who will not allow her 6 children to go outside or use public restrooms.
You can catch the two shows tonight at 9:00pm and 9:30pm EST on the Discovery Life channel. Check local listings, as they say, for when it airs in your area.
You know, sometimes I wonder if other blog writers are having trouble coming up with material. Why else would the New Orleans Bride Magazine ask on their “Wediquette Wednesday”, Is it OK to go barefoot at the reception?.
And even moreso, how could they come up with the answer they did?