Friday, March 9, 2012

baby toes

Yesterday I wrote about babies laughing and now I'm going to write about baby toes, so it appears I have some sort of thread going. I don't. It's just coincidence.

Yesterday I took a day off and tended three of my grand-daughters while their mother had a day of re-certification as an audiologist/speech therapist. I could probably write all month about spending a day with a 5-year-old, an almost-3-year-old, and a 3-month old, but I won't. Suffice it to say that the house got a lot messier than I remember and I got a lot less done than I remember from when my own were little and filling the house. Instead I want to write about the baby's toes.

I think toes are pretty much the most unattractive part of the human body. In fact, they are a little gross to me. I don't know why I think that. I know there are some people who have beautiful feet and toes--I see them in advertisements for summer footwear. But to me most of the human population really has ugly feet, especially toes. Even with this thinking, though, I still wear sandals and flipflops in the summer and dread giving them up when cold weather arrives. I paint my toenails for such footwear. I know that at one level it draws attention, but more important for me is the fact that nail polish kind of hides, too. I love to have my feet rubbed, but can't stand to have my toes touched. And I really can't stand to touch (or mostly even look at) other people's toes. Even people I love.

So why do I think that baby toes are so cute? They really aren't. See?

They are round and stubby. They are really shapeless. They have fat lines! And big round tops that look a little like worms. But every time I held and fed that little baby girl yesterday, I couldn't stop rubbing and holding her fat feet. I thought they were so ugly they were cute. So what makes something so ugly that it becomes cute? I don't know. But today I miss those baby toes.


  1. Baby toes are the best. No need for pedicures when they're so small. Their skin is perfect and their little nails are like bubbles on the tops of their toes. Adorable!

    Enjoy every minute with your grandbabies.

  2. I love baby feet and toes!!! After I meet a new baby, I want to take off their socks!!! I, too, do not like feet and especially mine. Yes, thankgoodness for nail polish.

  3. So why do I think that baby toes are so cute? They really aren't. See?
    and then you show a close up of the toes.
    I love that you involve me, the reader, in your writing. It is like I am sitting there talking to you. Now I have to go and read yesterdays!!