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The Feet Post

May 3, 2011

So — why did I start caring about feet all of a sudden?  It all started on my couch, watching TV.  My feet were propped up.  I was looking at my funky pinky toes, which turn out; my curved middle toes, which fit together like tetris pieces; and the new spaces between my curved, puzzle-piece toes.

I remember being in high school and college and squeezing my feet into shoes for various reasons.  Heels were cooler, straps were cute, and I was in denial about my foot-width (specifically, the joints which join my toes to my feet).  My feet were smashed and frankly — I didn’t care.  I figured my barefootedness in summer more than made up for the rest of the time.

But in yoga, you spread your toes to give you a stronger base.  You press down through the pads of your feet to distribute your weight.  You feel every toe — even the funky pinky toes — on the earth, and man, it feels gooooood.  I love grounding myself through my feet.

So I’m sitting there, looking at my feet, and it occurs to me that I need to acknowledge my feet more.  No…I need to honor my feet more.  Can you think of a less appreciated body part?  It needs to stop!!  We need to appreciate all of our bodies and that includes our feet.

Here’s to you, feet:

For spreading wide when I am in mountain pose.

For curling under when I play barefoot with my cousins/nieces/nephews.

For always keeping me upright.

For my grandmother’s toe proportions (notice my middle toe on one foot is longer than the middle toe on the other foot?)

For letting me feel the earth.

For callousing in summer when I was a kid so it didn’t hurt when I explored the woods.

For walking me around at least:5 countries, 15 major cities, 20 states, many towns, many miles of road/sidewalk, and many many adventures.

For keeping up and keeping on during our long, long city walks.

For getting me down the aisle.

For letting me boogie!!!

For letting me like running.

For keeping me upright while running.

For getting me into and out of trouble.

Thank you.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2011 4:57 am

    love every line of this…but especially the photos and their perfect connected captions! 🙂

  2. May 4, 2011 7:26 am

    Thank you! That means a lot 🙂

  3. Jes permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:43 pm

    Love this post! Regardless of changing emotional relationship with my body throughout my life, either positive or negative, my hands and feet have always been two of my most beloved parts! Sorry I missed your call for pics! That’s what I get from disconnecting myself on the weekends…. 🙂

  4. Mom permalink
    May 6, 2011 7:09 am

    What a great tribute to your feet! Love the photos and prose.

  5. May 6, 2011 7:23 am

    Thank you, thank you!! 🙂

  6. Franzi permalink
    May 17, 2011 3:44 pm

    I love this post. So sweet and you are so right. We care ways to less about our feet. I will honor them tonight 🙂

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