Friday, January 08, 2010

What do you think feet are supposed to look like?


Sometimes you hear people commenting that feet are a part of the human anatomy that are weird, odd or ugly.

Some people do have unsightly feet. This is because of age, illness, injury or just wearing daft high heels. However, most people do not have feet like this.

When people say that feet are an ugly part of the body, just what do they think feet ought to look like? Would they rather have cloven hooves or pig's trotters? Or how about wheels?

I find it especially strange when Christians make this comment. They are effectively scorning the Creator's handiwork.

Our Lord Jesus walked this earth on human feet and now His feet are as burning brass (Revelation 1:15). When the saints are resurrected to glory, they will perhaps have feet of the same quality.

I believe the angels of heaven are not purely spirits, but have bodies that are in some ways like ours. I am sure they have feet like ours.

Romans 10:15

"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!"

If anyone thinks that feet cannot be beautiful, I suggest that they be locked up for a week in an art gallery filled with paintings by William Adolphe Bouguereau.


Suflet Pierdut said...

You've got a really intresting blog! Congrats!
I've take my shoes off before I enterd into your blog!
I my country we used to have the same habbit, of leaving the shoes in front of the door before going in! I used to love that and I miss it a lot!

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for visiting.

You miss it? Why don't you remove your shoes and ask visitors to do the same in the country you are living now?

richyrich said...

Which country are you from originally? Do you live in the UK now?

Moderate Mouse said...

To the poster from the shoes off country: I'm with CF on maintaining that custom if that's something you really miss it (unless there's some sort of law preventing you from doing that).

Just out of curiosity, when you do take off your shoes, do you normally put on slippers, or do your socks/stockings (or absence thereof) stand alone? If you're a "socks or less" person, it might be okay in your own home, but in someone else's it might be a bit awkward if shoes on are the norm. (For this, maybe you could have slippers on your own on hand? But if would rather not even do that and stick to bare or stocking feet regardless, that's up to you.) Also, if the people who'd normally visit your home are not accustomed to going shoeless in someone else's home (or their own for that matter), you might suggest that they bring a pair of slippers (and/or have some available for those who might want them). Just a thought.

As for this post, I can understand people being self-conscious about their feet (I rarely go barefoot in front of anyone myself, but there are parts of me that I'm more self-conscious about than my feet). But let me ask you this: are they both at least, um, intact? Unfortuately, some people in this world do have one or both feet (or parts thereof) missing for whatever reason and thus must compensate with prosthetics, crutches, etc. Surely, no one here has that problem, right?

Oh, and I do try to make sure to take my shoes off before entering this blog. (My apologies for whenever I've failed to do so.) Not that anyone will see me, but it's just the principle of the thing. I try to wait until the evenings to visit when I'm ready to have my sneakers off for the night and either come in my socks or take those off and either go barefoot or slip on the blue flip-flops with the fuzzy V strap that I mainly wear in the house or at most to check the mail. (That is, I'll check the mail in said flip-flops if the weather is nice enough for it but not in the weather we have now. It's really cold and snowy, and I'm too paranoid about frostbite, especially if it ends up meaning an amputation. It's bad enough that someone in my family lost not only their left foot but almost their entire lower leg and two toes on their right foot as a result of their diabetes rearing their ugly head. Besides I just updated my pedicure last night...have to do something to keep some of my bolder colored nail polishes from going to waste. Since I'm in the process of seeking employment and don't know yet what will be okay to wear 'on the job', when I do my fingernails, I usually stick to a light pink or a light brown that barely shows up. That's just me.)

I'm still looking forward to when I'm in a position to get a pair of slippers that look like ballet flats so that I can save the sneakers for when I actually have somewhere to go but at the same time still feel fully dressed and ready for the day even if I am going to be home all day. (And I have been pretty much all week if for no other reason than the weather.)

Moderate Mouse said...

Earlier today, I was reading "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" from J.D. Salinger's book, 'Nine Stories' (and in my hometown, today is NOT "a perfect day for bananafish," but I digress) and happened to stumble upon a rather interesting foot-related part closer to the end. There's one character in there who thinks that a woman is looking at his feet though she claims she isn't. (And there was no description of the feet in question.) At one point he says, "I have two normal feet and I can't see the slightest [expletive omitted] reason why anybody should stare at them."

I brought it up here as this particular post had to do with feet. The quote may or may not be relevant to the post, but if it turns out not to be, I won't be offended if it gets deleted.

P.S. The "expletive" I left out was the use of God's name in vain, which goes against my morals. (In case anyone's curious of my affliliation, I grew up as an American Baptist, but my official church membership is with a Disciples of Christ Church in St. Louis. However, after I ended up moving back to Kansas under circumstances beyond my control, I've been attending an American Baptist Church within walking distance of where I'm living now.)

Celestial Fundy said...

Thankyou for sharing that.