Friday, February 01, 2008

I Heart My Feet

Kelly over at Ordinary Art [updated link] issued a challenge that Secret Agent Mama accepted, and I was inspired to go for it, too, and so I share my feet with you.

They are just feet, for goodness sake. Living in the parts of the world where I mostly have, they are covered for over half the year anyway, so it's not like anyone can see the macaroni toes that I've always hated so much. Then even in the winter months I'd shop so carefully, hoping to find shoes that make my feet look smaller. If I were taller, my feet would seem more like the right size - I've always been fine with my height, but just wanted smaller and cuter little feet that were a better match with the rest of the package. Why they are so sensitive (physically and mentally) is beyond me, but they are that, too.

Guess what? It doesn't matter.

Kelly and Mishelle said far more eloquently all the good stuff about body image that women often struggle to remember. I just know that in the grand scheme of things, what my feet look like or what size they are in relation to my body is just fine.

My feet are mine, and I just realized that my pat explanation always given while complaining about my feet (something I've said more times and to more people than I can count) is actually not a negative but a positive. Being able to say that I got my tall dad's bigger feet and my short mom's shorter height means that I have something silly but tangible to remind me of them both, for as long as I live, and I do not have to consider these two aspects of me to be somehow incompatible. I hope I'll never look at my feet as being so "ugly" or "too big for my body" ever again because I am grateful for the life my parents gave me, which happened to come with a 5'2" height and a size 8 shoe. So be it. Even as my mother has passed on and my dad grows older, I'll always be a part of them, and I'll always carry them with me, along with the humor they taught me, in my clown-sized shoes, macaroni toes and all ;)

13 comments:

  1. Maggie I am sitting here thinking how well I know about the clown feet issue. Last night I actually went on the shoe hunt. I dread the shoe hunt. It has been at least 3 years since I bought a new pair of tennis shoes. I cannot wear Nike reebok some of the other name brands because why you ask???? THEY DONT MAKE WHALE SIZED SHOES. walmart makes my size just not the width. I wear a size 11 but the width has to be wide. So last night after hubby yelling I need new shoes I go looking for some and I ended up finding a pair of KSwiss that fit. They are a plain white.....but they are new and comfy ;-) They were the only sneakers in the whole shoe that would fit. So yeah I know the whole big ugly feet issue.
    keep smilin

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  2. Your feet are lovely and so are you. You will be linked. Thank you so much, sista-friend.
    Peace

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  3. I had to laugh...I am five three with a size 8-8.5 shoe and I never quit thought of it all like this before. You are so funny sometimes you make me think of stuff I would never in a million years come up with! I think that why I like blogging so much! I started to blog with people originally to quit smoking and now its cool to see things posted from all types of places with such a wide range of perspectives. Gotta run...
    Peace,
    Diva

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  4. You have great feet... as I get older, I have to admit that I am finally getting shoes that fit my feet too... ones that are bigger but feel better. =)

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  5. I love your feet! Seriously. I have clod-hopping size 10's (size 11 now, after the baby). I love my feet, though. They carry us where we need to go. :) XOOOXOX

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  6. There is nothing wrong with your feet. I personally have a thing about feet - unless they are baby feet, keep them away from me - but your feet don't give me the heebie jeebies. So see? You're good.

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  7. Middle of winter and you toes are painted? You do love your feet. Mine are abused and forgotten in these winter months.

    Wonderful post for "I Heart my Body". I just published mine.

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  8. Seriously, there's nothing wrong with your feet :) I can't see the macaroni problem at all!

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  9. Be careful Aunt Maggie; there are sick perverts out there.

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  10. You have great feet! I like your toenails.

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  11. You have great feet. Lovely pedicured in the winter feet. Be proud of them and proud of yourself for doing this challenge.

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  12. i think you have pretty feet!!
    perfect sandal feet!!

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  13. I think your feet are great! They look soft and well taken care of and they would look awesome in flip flops! Very attractive. :)

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