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April 22, 2003

Dipping Below 70 Ngnat wanted

Dipping Below 70

Ngnat wanted to go outside after dinner tonight, but there was a problem.

"I don have my shoes, Daddy."

I wiggled my toes at her. "That's ok, honey. I don't have my shoes either. We'll go barefoot."

"Barefoot?" She was delighted with the new term. "We go outside barefoot, mommy!"

Mommy permitted this, despite a mild concern about her family appearing declasse in front of the neighbors. After four years of marriage to a man who goes to the mall in short sleeves with duct tape on his elbow, she's become pretty resigned to declasse.

So outside barefoot we went, out into the back yard. I asked, and after some consideration she agreed that yes, the grass did tickle her feet, and yes it was fun to wiggle one's toes in the topsoil.

Her introduction to the primary barefoot cliches complete, I concentrated on watching for bees in order to prevent the introduction of any more. We looked at spiders in the mulch and blew bubbles on the driveway. She stubbed her toe on the concrete--not enough to cry about, but enough to check daddy's reaction to see if she should perhaps consider crying about it. As there was a carefully held blank look on Daddy's face, she decided against tears, and sat down to draw with chalk. Eventually the sun started to set and the wind picked up.

I began picking up frisbees covered in bubble slime. "Time to go inside, Ngnat. It's getting to cold to be outside barefoot."

She looked at me gravely and agreed,then ran inside to yell the news at her mother. "MOMMY! We come inside now! It barefoot cold!"

Later, as we read bedtime stories, she asked if we could go barefoot again tomorrow.

"If it's not too cold," I said.

"Not barefoot cold?"

"Yes, as long as it's not barefoot cold."

I get the feeling the new birthday shoes may last a little longer than we had anticipated.

Posted by Bigwig at April 22, 2003 10:20 PM | TrackBack
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