Monday, January 07, 2008



You may not have a baby at crawling age
But if you ask visitors to your home to remove their shoes, you send a message that it is acceptable to keep your home shoe-free. That makes life easier for those who do have crawling babies.

You may not have a new carpet
You may have an old carpet that needs replacing or a wooden
floor that is covered in scratch marks. But if you have a shoes-off policy, it will make it easier for those who do have a new carpet to do the same.

You may not live in an area where there is pesticide on the ground
But if you have a no-shoes rule in your house, it will make those who do need to require shoes-off feel more comfortable about it.


Sacramento Bob said...

Sorry, Matthew, but I couldn't resist:

If you have a baby at crawling age:
You’re well aware that your child is far more likely to place dirty objects in his mouth than he is to lick the floor or lick the carpeting. So start putting your protective emphasis where it belongs, on managing the size and cleanliness of the objects that are likely to enter his mouth rather than obsessing over the cleanliness of floors. And make sure he begins wearing shoes in the home; it’ll shorten the time it takes for him to stop crawling and start walking. Walking will reduce his exposure to dirt and grime both inside AND outside the house.

If you have a new carpet:
Hey, it’s carpet! It’s cleanable and replaceable. Don’t obsess over it as if it were some valuable piece of art, intended only to be looked at. It will only add to the quality of your life if it is USED to improve the enjoyment of your home. And examine your priorities to see if you aren't valuing the objects in your life more than your friends and family.

If you live in an area where there is pesticide on the ground:
You have a responsibility to your family to safeguard them from possible hazards. You need to demand that public health authorities prove to you that the pesticide doesn’t represent a hazard to their health if it’s brought into your home on the soles of your shoes. Your neighbors will appreciate it, too.

Sacramento Bob

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

As always, your contribution is welcome.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

If any readers feel they have more desire to debate Sacramento Bob than I do, feel free to jump in.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely I always do. This is an excellent blog, and I am strongly in agreement with taking off shoes whenever going in one's home.

Anonymous said...

Sacramento should just kick off your shoes, relax, and enjoy the blog!


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for commenting, Anonymous.