As most teachers do, I dress for comfort – whatever it is has to work for the kneeling-by-the-side-of-the-desk conferences, or the sitting-on-the-floor-conferences, or the pacing-around-the-room discussion sessions. The most important item has to be the shoes I wear – shoes, I have found, are the key to comfort. So, when I discovered these about a year ago, I knew that I had discovered shoe heaven:
These Bjorn flats go with everything, look fantastic (I think!) and feel like walking on air. They came in seven lovely colors, some basic and some whimsical, and I bought them all. The one pair I wear all the time, especially come winter, is the black one. From the time I leave the house in the morning, to the time I kick them off in the mudroom on the way into our house in the evening, my feet are happy in their flowered glory. Yesterday morning, I plucked the beige pair in my collection just for a better “match” and sashayed off to school.
I thought nothing more of shoes as I stood before my morning class and went over our Monday morning “peek at the week.” Until Caitlin, forthright and full of things to take note of, piped up, “Hey, Mrs. Smith…you FINALLY got another pair of shoes!! YAY!!”
Our students notice everything – from new eyeglasses we get to a different haircut (or hair color!)…so I should’t be surprised that my class is also paying attention to the shoes I wear …. and had felt some sympathy for my very limited selection.