Monday, January 11, 2010

The Time Has Come

'The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things, of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings; and why the seas are boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.'

Not much here on cabbages and kings, but this blog has plenty to say about shoes and why they should be removed at the door.


richyrich said...

It was Victor Hugo who said:
“You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”

"Shoes off policies" in homes is an idea whose time has come (of course it came a very long time ago in many parts of the world) and it's only a matter of time before it'll become irresistable I think

Celestial Fundy said...

Quite so.

Moderate Mouse said...

I think it was Doris Day (I've heard the name, but I'm not all that familiar with her) who said, "Whatever shall be shall be."

I don't know when (if ever) wearing shoes inside a private home will be just as unacceptable in the US as indoor smoking seems to be these days, but I'm hoping that the slipper company Dearfoams will still be in business when/if that day comes. If they are, I think they're going to have a lot of mine. I've seen a few of their slipper styles at JCPenney and Wal-mart. My personal favorite is the ballet flat style. I had a pair of those in black until they wore out, and I'm still hoping to get a new pair as soon as it's feasible. (Maybe when/if that happens I should stock up on some extra pairs to put on reserve just to be safe.)

By the way, I finished J.D. Salinger's 'Nine Stories' earlier today. (It's part of the reading project that I've devoted MY blog to.) In one of the stories, "For Esme--with Love and Squalor" (there should technically be an accent on the second e in "Esme," but I'm not sure how to do that), there's a part where one of the characters, Clay, (and I quote) "stretched out on the bed, SHOES INCLUDED [emphasis mine]." I think I've mentioned this before, but while I think it's one thing to walk around any kind of flooring with shoes on, I feel bad if I put my feet on a bed with them on.

I'm usually better about it on other people's beds than mine. For instance when I was visiting an aunt on my dad's side of the family, she and the youngest of her kids and I were watching a movie in her bedroom. Before putting my feet up on that bed, I did take my sneakers off. I try to do the same on my own bed, but since my footwear options in the day during the winter are limited to Mary Janes for "dress-up" situations and sneakers for everything else, I'm usually in sneakers until I'm ready to have them off for the night. (If they were of the backless slip-on variety, then taking them off and putting them on repeatedly would be less annoying.) So, whenever I am sitting on the bed during the day (whether to read or watch TV), I just try to keep my feet off of it. Maybe when the weather's warmer, I'll go back to wearing my blue "at home" flip-flops more often. (The reason I don't wear them in the day at this time is that they can't be worn with socks, which is what the current weather calls for.)