Sunday, November 06, 2011

Elegantly Barefoot


I want to challenge the notion that being bare foot should be associated with informality, poverty, tackiness or 'rednecks.'

The great artists of the past loved to paint the human form and they welcomed the challenge of painting the naked human foot. They have left us with many images of people who are barefoot, yet still possessing grace and elegance.

This blog's header image, The Golden Stairs, by Edward Burne Jones is a good example of this, but here are some more:


Moderate Mouse said...

My fiance does not have a shoes-off rule. Nonetheless, as of late, I've had my shoes off in his apartment more often than not, but it's something that would happen further into the visit than the minute I walk in, I'll put it that way. As far as I know, if he does not forsee himself going anywhere in the day (at least not initially) or at least not for a while, he just goes barefoot. (When going in and out throughout the day is another story.)

As for me, if I'm not going out anytime soon or am home for the day/evening (as far as I know) I usually wear slippers, but that's more personal choice than anything else, and even if I was of the "no shoes in the home ever" school of though, I'm not the one in my household that's authorized to make the rules on something like that, but I digress.

I remember at various times reading other visitors' stories about not wearing actual shoes but otherwise dressing up (or planning to anyway). Here's mine. Tomorrow night, my fiance is coming over for dinner. I do plan on wearing my black ballet flat slippers then but with a dark blue dress that is more formal than what I normally have cause to wear, especially for something that occurs within home surroundings. However, the dress is long enough that my footwear of choice will not look obvious, and even if this was not the case, at least the slippers are of such a style that it would not throw off the overall effect, I don't think.

Matthew Celestis said...

It's lovely to hear you are getting married.

Ashlea Macarthur said...

I think being barefoot translates to being free. It's elegant since it's a form of art. All that happened during the ancient times are being showed in these. However, the interpretations of these images probably vary depending on the artist.

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Moderate Mouse said...

"It's lovely to hear you are getting married."

Thanks. But it'll probably be a year or two before we actually marry. (That's supposedly the norm for an engagement in the US, but I'm not going to swear to it.) Needless to say, it'll be a while before any wedding plans are made. Rather, the focus is going to be more on the relationship itself and what sorts of things we wish to happen when we do marry. (For instance, he and I talked about what kind of house we'd consider living in as we had passed by various ones on our walk this morning.) I'm also making it my business to do whatever "I" need to do to prepare for marriage (such as working on cooking skills).

With that being said, barring anything unforseen, I'm hoping to catch something that will be occuring in my hometown called a "bridal showcase" and take a few notes on some possible ideas for whenever he and I are in a position to set a date and plan the wedding.

Matthew Celestis said...

Don't leave it too long. Two years is a bit of a stretch. While rushing things is probably not a good idea, too long an engagement can put strain on a relationship and cause problems as well.

May you find joy with your future husband.

Moderate Mouse said...

"May you find joy with your future husband."

Thanks, MC.

"Don't leave it too long. Two years is a bit of a stretch. While rushing things is probably not a good idea, too long an engagement can put strain on a relationship and cause problems as well."

Hopefully the engagement won't be too long. Like I said in my previous comment, while one or two years is the supposed norm in the US, I'm not going to swear to it. In my experience, if nothing else, it depends on the couples' situation. For instance, if I recall correctly, my mom and my then stepdad were engaged somewhere around 3-4 years before they actually married mainly because my stepdad was from Canada, and for some reason,there were some issues with the Immigration office that delayed him from being able to move down here to the US. (Long story short, everything got sorted out in the end; they've been married for ten years and counting.) Well, my fiance and I both live in the same town, so that's not an issue.

On the other end of the spectrum is someone else in my family and the father of her first child who were engaged for roughly 3-4 months before they married. They were rushed on account of the child they had coming (I don't know about elsewhere in the world, but such a marriage in the US used to be referred to as a "shotgun" marriage), and I think the being rushed was why the marriage only lasted a couple of years, but what's done is done. Since such is not the case with me and my fiance, he and I are in a better position to take our time.

Just today, he and I started talking about potential wedding dates depending on the situation. He's planning on running for the House of Representatives for our respective state next year. Let's just say that, if he wins the election (which will be in November of next year), he and I will likely marry sometime during the following month. If he loses, then in his words, "we'll just have to wait and see."

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