Do you get cold feet? My inquiry is not an analogy or code for anything. It’s just a simple question. Do your feet get cold?

The website says your feet can feel cold due to cold temperatures, high stress, anxiety, circulation issues, anemia, diabetes mellitus, nerve disorders, hypothyroidism and other things most of us can’t pronounce. 

Some simple solutions, according to the same website, include movement, socks, foot baths, heating pads, water bottles and my favorite fix — slippers. 

Yes, slippers. Before you run off to the emergency room, you might want to give them a try. I have a half-dozen of them around my home and office. Call me Mr. Rogers if you want, but my feet are toasty, and it’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood.   

A good friend used to mock me for wearing them, especially when I would bring a pair over to his house when visiting. Then he started wearing slippers, or “house shoes,” as he calls them. 

As a child, I couldn’t stand to wear slippers. Seems like I received a pair every year for Christmas, but I rarely wore them. But, to be honest, I rarely wore shirts or pants around the house either. Like most kids, I was too warm-blooded for many body coverings. 

Most of us can recall the image of the father figure in the home, relaxing in the easy chair, reading the evening paper, smoking a pipe and having the family dog bring him his slippers. In our home, the evening image would be of me in the kitchen, filling the dishwasher, asking Alexa to play some Elvis music — and wearing slippers. It’s not the makings for a Hallmark movie, but I will take it, as long as I have my slippers.

Comedian/politician Al Franken may have summed it up best with the words, “It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”

Thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
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