Monday, April 20, 2009

Flip Flopping Around

It hardly seems possible on this cold drear Monday morning, but I did get to wear flip flops this past weekend. Not only did I wear flip flops, but I hauled out my flip flop collection. During what I consider flip flop season, I keep all my flip flops stacked in a [large] wicker basket for handy access and retrieval.

And this weekend, as I flip flopped around the hermitage opening windows to bird song and pollen, I found myself falling in love all over again with this onomatopoeic footwear. Yes, I love flip flops, something that should be obvious, especially if you note the number of times I've used the term "flip flop" thus far. Flip flop. There it is again!

What accounts for my midlife infatuation with flip flops? Spending too many formative years wearing Buster Brown lace-up Oxfords in cordovan-colored leather is one likely explanation. Or, perhaps all the 30-something years I wore 2.5" spiked heeled power pumps to go with my power suits. Or, even the yoga years I spent traipsing around barefooted to stay grounded and non-obtrusively present in and out of the ashram.

Once I discovered them, flip flops became the obvious corrective to these life experiences; offering all the freedom of walking around without shoes with the added benefit of silly sound effects. And no, I do not wear flip flops in church. For now, I choose to leave that form of self-expression to altar servers.

4 comments:

  1. ha ha ha - you could have been writing for me. I wore saddle oxfords - black and white until junior high and am currently in the 2.5 in heels/power suits. Weekends - I'm barefoot and in baggy clothes. Funny. Phases of life - mirrored in others. We are all more alike than we even know. Thanks for the bright spot in my day.

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  2. Right! The saddle shoe oxfords. Them, too. My mother made me wear knee socks long after everyone else was allowed to wear stockings (with garter belts!). I'm sure this factoid explains a lot.

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  3. Meredith -
    For anyone who balks at your SWGOTU - I think you're a rock star!

    BRAVO for manifesting your own way in the world, and clearly being true to who G-d made you to be. I really loved your writing, and think you are one hell of an interesting woman.

    Would love to be your virtual friend - in fact, I feel like we've met somewhere along life's path!

    Following u now on Twitter -
    Cantor Debbi Ballard
    www.mypersonalcantor.com

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  4. Thanks, Cantor, for "getting" what I'm up to, not sure I always get myself, myself. Must reveal, at some point, my personal story about being a cantor for a brief period of time.

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