Millions of children all over the world do not have a choice to be barefoot. Barefoot is a way of life. And there’s nothing luxurious about it. These children are more susceptible to soil-borne illnesses because of their inability to buy shoes. They cannot go to school because they do not have shoes.
TOMS Shoes asked everyone to spend today barefoot. To go one day without wearing shoes. To start a conversation. To bring to light the troubles of those living in poverty. To educate people about their One to One Movement.
Today, Joshua and I spent the day barefoot. We had no plans to leave the house as the first part of Spring Break is always the stay-home-and-lounge part of the week for me.
So what did we do? We went outside. Barefoot.
At first, Joshua was hesitant. He walked through the garage, box of sidewalk chalk in hand, and stopped when he reached the end of the concrete floor. Slowly, step-by-step, he navigated the length of our driveway growing more confident with every step.
Soon we were enjoying the beauty of the day in the middle of our cul-de-sac, happily sidewalk chalking the time away.
Joshua loves to be outside and would happily spend hours wandering from driveway to driveway to find new things.
To be honest, I feel like we didn’t do enough. We had no plans to leave the house and do anything today. This was easy for us compared to what some people live with every day.
This experience makes me want to do more.
Aside from making me want to run out and buy a pair of TOMS shoes (or three), it’s made me, yet again, even more aware of how lucky my life is. How blessed I am. Even when I feel like I’m not. Which I suppose was the point.