The other shoe

8 Jun

Teaching from home, I went shoeless.
It’s my preferred way of being.
I’d put shoes on to
walk the dog,
get groceries,
go to the library, but
for over a year,
I was essentially,
barefoot.

When we returned to
teaching in the building, it was
socks
and shoes
everyday.
I chose my comfiest shoes,
being unaccustomed
to a full day of footwear.

But Spring is turning to summer
and the days are,
mostly,
warmer.
We’ve had some hot ones, too.
The AC in my portable is unreliable
at best,
so I have transitioned
to sandals.

Sandals bridge the gap
between barefoot and shoed,
between Spring and Summer,
between online and in person.

We have two weeks left.
I don’t know exactly
what I will be teaching next year.
I don’t know
which room I will be in,
or who I will be working with.
But I do know
that in two weeks,
I will be barefoot once more.

6 Responses to “The other shoe”

  1. Lakshmi Bhat June 8, 2021 at 7:17 am #

    Barefoot at home is the best. We do not wear footwear at home. The weather is hot here and they are very uncomfortable. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead. I liked your post 🙂

  2. Jill Bless June 8, 2021 at 7:49 am #

    I love your parallel between school, seasons, and footwear! Happy barefoot days will be here soon!

  3. energylibrarina June 8, 2021 at 7:57 am #

    I love it! We all know what you mean. Thanks Adrienne.
    Cathie

    Sent from my iPad
    Cathie Padgett

  4. arjeha June 8, 2021 at 11:08 am #

    One of the problems of going back to in person as opposed to teaching from home is what to wear – not only footwear but clothes as well. After all, no one can tell from a head shot what you are wearing. Here’s to a summer of barefoot bliss.

  5. Lisa Corbett June 8, 2021 at 11:43 am #

    I bought new sandals this year and I’m sure I’ll be wearing them in September! One of the best things about teaching from home is being barefoot all day, or in slippers (my favourite!)

    I love that you turned this into a poem!

  6. mbhmaine June 8, 2021 at 3:16 pm #

    Such a great topic for a slice! At school, we joke about having an informal screening tool –which kids can’t keep their shoes on. You’ve given me some new perspective on that!

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