No Shoes

Sharing Stories
April 16, 2023 at 6:56 p.m.
Connie and me at the Greenwood Center, showing off her book about her church cat.
Connie and me at the Greenwood Center, showing off her book about her church cat. Connie Campbell



As a teenager, sixteen or so, I was called BF. I had considerably large feet, and BF stood for Big feet. My feet were “too big for da bed.” Whenever I could take my shoes off, I did. I still do sixty-five years later.

I went horseback riding bare foot, and I played in the manure pile bare foot. I received a good case of ring worm but, that was a small price to pay for foot freedom.

In Hawaii, I never wore water shoes and received a coral “bite.”

Walking in the rain barefooted is so very sensual, and you don’t get your shoes wet. Some Washington neophytes and tender footed Alaskans might be better off with shoes.

Do I think of germs? Heck no. I was born with bare feet, and I will meet God with bare feet. Monkeys don’t wear shoes—why should I?

Connie Campbell, a longtime resident of Seattle and Edmonds, attended writing classes with Ariele for many years at the Greenwood Senior Center, doing them on ZOOM since the pandemic. Though she passed in June 2022, she left behind several stories and poems as gifts to those of us who still are working at being alive. She was a great example of how to live…and to die…in a way that blessed those around her.  

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