Monday, March 20, 2006

Change of Attitude

I believe my coming to a dogmatic postition on removing shoes in homes has given me a more positive outlook on life.

I used to be a bit prejudiced towards other cultures. I was a bit Xenophobic. I was also a little uncomfortable with the idea of interracial and even international marriage.

However, when I decided that shoes-off in homes is the ideal way forward, I became more open and accepting of other cultures. I began to like the idea of cultural diversity. I stopped feeling so hostile to ethnic mixing and even started to like the idea of travel.

25 comments:

Keira, Matt & Gina said...

In Canada we all take our shoes off in the house. I was surprised to learn that people in other countries don't.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Is that all of you, there?

Thanks a lot for visiting.

I am afraid the English are not as sensible as you Canadians.

God Bless

Matthew

Carey said...

I'm glad to hear this. Growing up with a hippie mom, I never really had a xenophobic problem. I personally like the idea of an interracial/internation marriage and family. In fact, since the age of thirteen, I've wanted to marry someone from another country and then adopt children from several different countries. Mixed families are fun.

Carey said...

*international

*bangs head against laptop*

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Carey, I shall bear that in mind.

Carey said...

Bear what in mind?

Redeemed said...

Yay, more Canadians!!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Canadians are cool.

Carey said...

LOL

Carey said...

Yes they are! Eh!

Redeemed said...

yes m'am!

But we're all oh so cool over here. ;)

Carey said...

LOL

Carey said...

Matthew, bear what in mind?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

What you said in the post of course.

American girl looking for foreign guy.

Dont know too many foreign guys around here.

God Bless

Matthew

Carey said...

Let me know if you ever run into a 'foregin' guy. *chuckle*

Redeemed said...

In Montreal, you run into foreign everybodies all the time. Like moi!!! Hehe

It's really nice though. My church for instance, there are so many different nationalities, and we all love each other and get along very well like a big close family.

Carey said...

Sounds good to me.

Keira, Matt & Gina said...

I'm from western Canada, which is very different from the east. Redeemed, do people take their shoes off in Montreal?

Redeemed said...

Oh yes, we always take our shoes off at the door. Most likely because of the bad weather. I guess it's a Canadian thing (not the bad weather, the removing your shoes at the door). :)

In fact, I had never thought that some cultures do not remove their shoes at the door, until Matthew's blog.

Matthew, did I ever tell you that it's a custom to keep a shoe rack by the door. When guests come in, they remove their boots and place them on the rack that is by the door.

We have one. First thing I do when I com home, I remove my shoes, place them on the rack and then I remove my coat.

Is is like that in Western Canada too?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Shoe racks are cool. My parents keep theirs in a closet. They hate the sight of shoes by the door. They think shoes by the door look really untidy.

God Bless

Matthew

Redeemed said...

It's more like a "plastic carpet" that you keep by the door. People here keep it during winter time mostly. You can hide it in the closet during summer...for a month that is, haha.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sounds an excellent idea, but my parents would hate one of those. If they had one, I am not sure where they would put it.

God Bless

Matthew

Redeemed said...

LOl

Well they are right that it can look messy. You have to place your boots nice and tidy on it.

Carey said...

I have been trying to convince my mother to buy a shoe rack to put next to the back door, but she too thinks it looks messy. Our shoes almost always end up piled/scattered in the mud room anyway.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

At least you have amud room. We do not. We have a proch, which I suppose is similar, but we do not keep shoes there. Shoes go in the closet in my house.

God Bless

Matthew