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20 February 2013

Unknown reasons

What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed? - Michelangelo

 Why is the Mom in this family picture smiling? Oh, I know. The Dad is wearing shoes.


But my mother was also smiling in our family photo. All three of us look about the same age as this family. Mama said she explicitly told Papa that day long ago that we would sit for a family portrait so we were to don something formal. But lo and behold Papa came in flip flops! Mama wasn't very happy about it. She still placed our picture neatly in the family album though. Family is family, slippers or stilettos.

What is unknown to me, besides the identity of this family, is how Father (rest in peace, Pap) ended up in the photo studio wearing slippers when he wore shoes virtually all the time. In fact we only saw him wearing slippers during his retirement.


Ah well, so much for shoes. I have loads of them but I don't want to ramble on about why I have more shoes than umbrellas when I live in a country that blazes hot all year.


I could probably attempt an analysis, but there are more interesting Unknowns to explore this week at Sepia headquarters.

14 comments:

  1. The Foot Is On The Other Boot!What A Stomping Good Post!

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  2. MMhhh ... Imelda Marcos III, I see.

    By the way, Imelda Marcos II is my m-i-l - we once worked out that she had more shoes per $ income than Imelda Marcos. Well we didn't really work it out, but it was fun to say.

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  3. These are great! I love the partially tinted family photo.

    About the unknowns, we can only guess ... and that makes great fodder for story starters, doesn't it?

    Kathy M.

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    1. That's right, Kathy. I can imagine the stories in family pajama parties. Joy!

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  4. What a beautiful tinted family photo. Love your take on this week's theme.
    Nancy

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  5. This reminds me that I am not ranked very high in the shoes stake. I wonder what the name is for a group of shoes. Fine family photo.

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    1. fish - school
      lions - pride
      shoes - ?

      I went to google and found something that says 'pair.' I'll keep my eyes open.

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  6. What a fun posting! Love the foot fashions. Thank you!

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  7. When my younger daughter and I travel together, we like to take a picture of our feet at the end of the trip. Then it's usually one of the last photos in the album.

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  8. I enjoyed your post.

    It reminded me of the time we were having a formal family portrait done years ago and my daughter insisted on wearing her Rapunzel Barbie costume and could not be persuaded otherwise. She now loves that photo as there is a story to go with it.

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  9. So wher is the out of step pic of your Dad in his flip flops? - do share! I enjoyed this take on the theme though and I hope I haven't 'put my foot in it'.

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  10. I can see that you believe in putting your best foot forward. I do have a number of pictures of feet in my archives but they normally result from pressing the camera shutter by mistake as I walk along!

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  11. Your wedding family photo is stunning, and the little girl's dolly almost as big as she is! I really like the umbrella girls too!

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