For many women and girls, the idea of a romantic wedding includes getting married barefoot on an island beach without a care in the world except for how lovely everyone hopes the reception turns out. My truth is that I got married in a small island ceremony in Barbados and walked along the beach barefoot holding hands with my new husband while a photographer snapped away, and 12 years later I still walk around my home barefoot every day. In fact, I've been known to run outside quickly to grab something out of my car without putting on my shoes. I've been like that for as long as I can remember. Needless to say, I wash my feet a lot.
Another truth is that ever since I made a commitment to Soles4Souls to go barefoot today for Julio Caesar, a 9 year old in the Honduras, I've been thinking about how easy
I we all have it. You see, prior to receiving shoes from Soles4Souls, Julio used to run through the fields surrounding his village of Monte Los Olivos, Honduras with his feet exposed to broken glass, rocks, sticks and raw sewage. But now, with his new pair of shoes, his feet are protected and his health is not compromised by being barefoot anymore. I've never had to deal with that, have you? What a difference a pair of shoes makes.
Today, I am Barefoot4Julio. And tomorrow, when I'm running out to my car without putting on my shoes, I will be barefoot for someone else.