‘The Child’s footwear phobia, conquered at last?’
It’s been cold here in the Great Northeast. Why, last weekend, the temperature dropped from 51 to 15 in twelve hours. But it’s even colder where Her Childness has been spending the Holidays. She reported twenty-nine below on Christmas Day up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where the SIL’s family — bless their rugged little hearts — is based.
And what has The Child been doing every single day she’s been up there in the Frozen North? Why, running, of course. She made a resolution at the beginning of the year to run every single day, no matter what. And, by golly, she’s kept it. Neither rain nor snow nor sleet has kept her from her appointed running rounds. All year long.
I’m not worried about the running-in-all-weathers. Nope, as a Concerned Parent, I’m just hoping that she’s had an attitude adjustment toward socks.
See, when Her Childness was an actual child, she hated socks. (Well, except for her Christmas stocking, which you see her brandishing in the picture at the top of this post.) It wasn’t a fashion issue, the hating-sock thing; she was notoriously anti-fashion, preferring to dress with the utmost simplicity. She once rejected a gift tee-shirt because it was embellished with a practically microscopic applique of a flower.
No, it was the way socks felt. Apparently, they crumpled up and caused great distress to her tender little feet. If I didn’t get them on just right, she’d howl. During the normal course of things this didn’t bother me too much. I’d just skip the socks. Though I did get sharp looks from well-meaning interfering old ladies. “Aren’t her feet cold, dear?” “Well yes. And so is her head, since I can’t keep a hat on her either.”
The problem was school. There was a uniform, which, one would think, would make dressing every day a breeze. But this uniform included socks. Which meant that dressing every day was a battle.
Middle Younger Brother Roger can attest to this. Once, after a lovely visit with him and Aunt Nobody-Doesn’t-Like-Jenn, we almost missed our flight home — we were going directly from the airport to school — because we couldn’t get the socks to feel right. (Somewhere there is photographic evidence of this; in this long-lost-but-memorable shot, The Child wails while Roger holds aloft the Offending Sock.)
Could antipathy toward socks be an inherited trait? There are some pretty wacky inherited traits. (See “Hands on Clocks, Hands on Hips” for a particularly nutty example.) I wonder because The Child’s great uncle Buddy never ever wore them — not even riding his bike in the dead of winter. (He never drove, either.) Of course it didn’t get down to minus 29 here in Amagansett. But if it did, I betcha, being a Whitmore, he would have stuck to his sockless guns.
Amagansett, New York. December 2022
6 thoughts on “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Socks”
I can’t stop thinking about the frosted lashes – and the resolve – the Child is clearly a star.
Yes, that’s some lash look! I told her that I hope they don’t snap off (!) And yes, I think she’s a star — thank you for thinking so too!
Wow -29 is pretty rough. Doesn’t matter the weather, though, I LOVE socks. But I am a sock snob. I could actually sell socks for Smartwool, and maybe I should. Theirs are my favorite. How people wear synthetic, or even worse, no socks–beyond me! Enjoy your Christmas Season and Happy (early) New Year!
My Personal Favorite Sock is Smartwool! And yes, I am a huge Sock Fan. How anyone can choose not too coddle one’s tootsies is beyond me! Happy Early New Year to you too, dear Becca. Love those family photos on Instagram!
Hope your Christmas was merry, and your new year is bright🍾🥂💕
Very merry indeed, tho (sob) Childless, since she and her Hub were Up North. But dear friends invited us to join their big family Do, so fun was had by all. Next year, it’s our turn!