July 6th, 2006

linguistics: let me see that diphthong

That's right. I'm talking about...feet.

I have pretty purple toenails now. That's a relief. The pink sparkles were getting old. Dickdrive told me I was obsessed with my toenails, which is probably true because I always like them painted. Actually, I like my feet, even if most people don't, and even if they drive me crazy sometimes because the toe part of my feet is a good bit wider than the ankle part, and I can't wear those really pointy heels because I just can't stuff my feet in them. Grah. I don't have really wide feet except for that one part of my foot, and shoe shopping is really difficult because of it. Well, that and my inherent picky nature.

When I was in eighth grade, a lot of the eighth grade went on a trip to a bunch of places in south Georgia, but the highlight of the trip was Savannah, hence the name "The Savannah Trip". (We had to keep a journal of the trip, and I remember protesting on the grounds that we were given only two sheets of paper for four days. I finished a Dr. Nbook during the trip because of this...or was it just Nbook then? *goes to check* It was just Nbook then. Yes, there is a difference.) Anyway, I wore sandals during much of the trip because of the weather, and one person, Shawna, commented on someone's "cute toes". I asked whose toes were cute out of curiosity, and she said that mine were. I looked down. Sure enough, they weren't too bad-looking. Not that I'm being vain about my toes or anything.

I think I just (gasp) like feet. I could be a podiatrist, but I'm not that passionate about feet. I just like the way they feel. Oh, and their other duties besides walking.

Come to think of it, we have so many sayings involving feet and the like in the English language. On my own two feet. One step at a time. Playing footsie. Both feet on the ground. Getting your foot in the door. Foot in mouth.

What do these show? I think they show that (in these sayings, at least) our feet show independence and a willingness to explore new territory. Even if some of these show mistakes, the foot theme in general shows optimism and a willingness to blaze through the unknown. This is something we should embrace.

(Have I forgotten any? This was all I could think of off the top of my head.)