Vincent Van Gogh
I have been away from my computer for the better part of this weekend, because I have been outdoors -- walking. The weather is cooler, and is more conducive to going for long strolls. It's wonderful. My biggest problem is that I have to walk with my feet, and I have -- arguably -- the world's worst feet. Most of the people in my family have lovely, slim, dainty feet, but that particular gene skipped me.
When I was growing up on Vancouver Island, I wore shoes as little as possible. I could walk over gravel or hot coals with my bare feet, and it didn't bother me at all. But I guess eventually one pays a price for that. When I was working for law firms, I always "dressed up" and wore high heels, and fortunately I felt comfortable wearing them. When my daughter and I were in Paris, she convinced me to buy a pair of flat shoes. They were gorgeous -- a soft buttery leather with a latticework pattern and a little leather bow. When I put them on, I could hear my feet saying "Thank you...!". I have worn flat shoes ever since then, and my high heels now languish at the back of my cupboard.
Here are some interesting facts about feet -- everything you
1. During a lifetime it is thought that a person has walked enough steps to have circled the planet more than four times, which is approximately 115,000 miles.
2. Women suffer from four times as many problems than men. This is believed to be a result of their
3. Women on average walk three miles farther every day than men.
4. Socrates once claimed "When our feet hurt, we hurt all over".
5. Runners hit the ground with a force of two and a half times their body weight.
6. The average foot gets two sizes longer when you stand up.
7. A 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.
8. Each foot produces more than a cup of perspiration per day.
9. There are 28 bones in the human foot.
In the evenings after work, I love to sit and massage cream into my feet and pamper them a little bit. I feel that if we look after our feet, they will look after us.