May 22, 2011 · 7:02 pm
The real me.
The day starts out gloomy and gray but I get up early, committed to the 5k I’ve signed up to walk in today. My feet are hiding in my sneakers, nestled in my extra-cushioned peds, my exercise clothes hugging my newly thinner body. I am motivated and slightly excited as I meet up with my group to begin our walk and more than pleasantly surprised by the ease of the walk after my weeks at the gym. We finish the walk and I head home, thinking to myself that my shoes felt a bit flat and confirming the need to get a new pair of sneakers for next week’s 10k.
Through all of this, my toes ache for summer’s warmth and flip-flops. I give in to temptation and the desire to feel a warm foot bath, foot massage and splash of color. After my pedicure, my toes smile up at me with their extravagant flowers. Sure enough, the sun peaks out from the clouds and when I exit the salon, it is actually warm. I figure it is a little early for painted toes, but I kind of like the idea of the little secret in my shoes. As the school year winds down slowly, and the work piles up, I can imagine the purple toes with flowers and the warm months ahead when I can slip on my flip-flops and head to the beach.