Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Integrative Mom: Mahalo For Removing Your Shoes

Integrative Mom: Mahalo For Removing Your Shoes


'So this morning when he asked me “why do we take our shoes off when we go inside our house, but other people don’t take theirs off when they go inside their houses?” instead of giving him all of the reasons we do, I responded with, I guess because we’re part-Hawaiian.

To which he quickly replied, “but I’m not part-Hawaiian, I’m part New York!”

Yes, yes you are. Even more reason to leave your shoes at the door.

The truth is, we never wore shoes in our house growing up because my Hawaiian-Chinese mother never wore shoes in her house growing up. So it is simply a habit I’ve done all my life. Now, in retrospect, I am so thankful it is one that has stuck for many reasons.

I didn’t want to go into excruciating detail with my son about everything that he could possibly track inside our home if he wore his shoes inside, but I will do it here.'

8 comments:

mark said...

If you get your kids used to taking off their shoes at an early age, then they will probably continue to do so for the rest of their life. My mother always had us take off our shoes at home and when visiting and i have always done it. It's second nature for me

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for dropping by.

Elain Smith said...

Yes I was required to take mine off when I got home from school,after playing and we were even required to go in stockinged feet in church,the men were not but I agree,if you start young it will become second nature

Sandro said...

Elain, where is the church that women are required to remove their shoes in? Thank you.

Elain Smith said...

it was in BC where I grew up,

richyrich said...

Why were you required to go shoeless in church? And why was it just females that were required to do so? And was it required of adult women as well as children?

Sandro said...

Thank you, Ellain. It must be a Canadian thing )

Elain Smith said...

Yes I suppose it is a Canadian thing lol If you woud like to write me I would be happy to answer your questions at elainsmith5@gmail.com