Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Times are changing

I remember an occasion, when I was about ten years old, when a middle-aged babysitter removed her shoes while in our house.

I think it did surpise me to see an adult removing her shoes. I think in my mind at the time, children removed their shoes but adults always kept them on. Presumably, that was my experience.

These days I am quite used to seeing adults removing their shoes when visiting homes. So I think habits are changing.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why did she remove her shoes? Did she want to relax or to avoid bringing dirt onto the floor?

Celestial Fundie said...

I have no idea.

I remember also being surprised at school (aged 11) when a teacher removed her stilettos during an assembly held in the gym. Although pupils were required to remove their shoes in the gym, most of the teachers kept them on.

God Bless

Matthew

Anonymous said...

that was very reasonable of her

Celestial Fundie said...

Yes, unlike some of the other teachers.

It is funny how adults will often impose rules on children while acting contrary to them themselves.

Anonymous said...

At my primary school all pupils were required to bring indoor shoes to wear in class. If you failed to bring your indoor shoes you had to walk about in stocking feet. Even some of the teachers (always female) brought a change of shoes.
A friend who has children at the same school tells me the rule still applies, although she says it now applies to adults as well. She is a volunteer classroom assistant once a week and takes her slippers to change into when she gets there.

Celestial Fundie said...

This is in Britain?

Anonymous said...

Yes, in Britain. Every school I went to (both primary and secondary) did not allow outdoor shoes to be worn in the gym, either. I well remember our after school drama club being held in the gym every Wednesday. Each week the teacher who took the club would leave her high heels outside the gymnasium door. She, like the rest of us, would wear training shoes or plimsols inside. One day I turned up late to the club with my friend and, as usual, the teacher's shoes were outside. He told me about a newspaper report he'd read that week where a man in the Middle East had stolen lots of people's shoes from outside a mosque. We went into the gym and saw the teacher was, unusually, in her stocking feet. My friend made some excuse to leave the gym part of the way through but returned later. When the club was over we went outside and the teacher's shoes were gone. He clearly thought it was a great joke, but the consequences for him were not.

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for getting back.