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Is There Something Wrong with your Shoes?

2 Jun

My kids are allergic to their shoes. I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason, my kids will take off their shoes at every… single… opportunity. What is it about footwear that they find so confining?

It’s the strangest thing. Running outside? No, we’ll go barefoot. Go out to the parking lot, why bother putting on shoes on steaming hot tarmac? In the car for more than five minutes, take the shoes off, you’re not going anywhere.

I usually blame it on our weather. Here in Arizona, it rarely gets below 50 F during the day, so you can be relatively comfortable without socks or footwear. I certainly had never worn sandals on a regular basis until I came here–it simply didn’t feel comfortable for me. Now? If I’m going to go out in the summer, wearing close toe sandals makes the trip so much more comfortable.

It rarely rains (we have summer and winter monsoons, but rarely any other time) so there’s little need to keep your feet dry. I’d blame it on the grass in the front, since if we had lots of sharp rocks, biting bugs, and cactus they’d be more conscious. Then they run out into the parking lot without shoes, so… that’s not all of it.

Despite the fact that my wife has set aside shoe racks, getting them to actually put their shoes away is impossible. There is a general disdain for shoes. Even when they know they have to bring them along, my son will still say, “I’ll put them on in the car.” It’s a coin flip whether he actually will before we reach our destination.

Maybe if we had a mud room, it would be better, because then all that footwear could just hang out there. But meanwhile, us parents wonder when they’ll figure out they need to wear shoes! (sigh) Do you have this problem? Let me know in the comments below! Then check out one of my books. However, if $1.99 is too steep for your wallet, go ahead and download one of my stories for free. You’ll be glad you did.

Fresh Air Obsession

3 Dec

Living in Arizona means I live opposite the seasonal flow of the rest of the United States. This is our “summer,” when you can open the windows, and kids play outside. However, my family has a fresh air obsession all year round, which makes opening windows… a problem.

Technically, we’re in winter, and just to make you jealous, we have highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s… which is very cold for us. (All temperatures in Fahrenheit–sorry, world). However, in the summer, it gets up to 120 with lows of 90’s, so as I explain, it’s five months of terrible weather in exchange for seven months of gorgeous weather–it’s a good trade-off.

[NOTE: Here is where I exaggerate to express my frustration.] My family–let’s be honest, it’s my wife–MUST HAVE FRESH AIR! It’s hot as hell at 6 am, no matter, I have to crack the door… “for the cats.” The fact that we have a cat door and they can get out on their own doesn’t matter. It’s 50 degrees and freezing for folks who accept 120 degrees outside… nope, windows have to be open!

Is it better for us? Sure. It gets rid of stale air, makes the house smell better, maybe does better for us on a respiratory model. I’m perfectly willing to accept it when it’s ten degrees above or below comfort level. It’s the problem when they all leave the house, the windows are all open, the heater/AC is struggling to keep up with a losing battle, and I’m either freezing/sweating because they have to have fresh air. *sigh*

I’ll admit, I’m cheap. We keep the thermostat set six degrees above or below the comfort zone. So when I see lights left on, or windows left open with the heater blaring, or computers left on when they’ve been gone… it really irks me.

Is it a serious concern? No–but it’s something to complain about. 🙂 What does your family do that irks you? Let me know in the comments below!

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