I find the Occasional Barefoot Girl to be a wonderfully
fascinating creature. She can catch you by
surprise. Walking shoeless into your worst day,
she can instantly make you forget all of your troubles.
She, with her pretty bare feet, will lift your spirits
as surely as a springtime breeze.
And, conversely, she can show up wearing closed-toed shoes
on the warmest day of the year. You, of course, don't
know what to say to call attention to the fact, so you just
go on wondering, looking forward to the next day when she'll
remember to forget her shoes.
At the heart of this barefoot girl is a complete
indifference as to whether or not she's wearing shoes.
She is equally comfortable wearing shoes as not.
It is this quality that places her in the category of
a true barefoot girl.
Only by being regularly seen in public places in her
bare feet does she earn this distinction.
Girls do not qualify for this classification because
they are not generally seen barefoot in public - only at
home or at the beach. The Occasional Barefoot Girl,
on the other hand, does go barefoot in all of the public
places that you don't normally expect to see barefoot
She just doesn't do it all the time.
This is what makes her so extremely fascinating.
In my experience, there has been no identifiable
pattern as to when she is barefoot and when she is not.
I would think that, if she were comfortable in her
bare feet, she would be that way all the time. Or,
if she were comfortable wearing shoes, that she would do
that all the time. But the Occasional Barefoot Girl
seems equally comfortable both ways, so you can never
predict how she'll be. You can hope, but you can
If she happens to be wearing shoes when you first meet,
you might miss her. You could easily mistake
her for a
Normal Barefoot Girl.
I have actually done this myself.
This situation is both frustrating and tantalizing.
Although you may miss one every now and then, it
makes you think. How
many Occasional Barefoot Girls are hiding in the general
populace? How many of them just happened to be in
their shoe-wearing mood the one time you had the chance to
And how hard should you try to find out if you meet a
girl who totally captures your interest, but has shoes
All these questions and more will be
answered as we continue our journey to study and
appreciate the American barefoot girl.
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