We took a family walk down to Walgreens last night, and about halfway there, I happened to look down and noticed that my husband was wearing his slippers. We proceeded to give each other a hard time, neither one understanding the other’s point of view.
MINE: It’s embarrassing. I don’t really concern myself with what others think for the most part, but I also know that many people are judgmental and will treat you differently if you have the appearance that you either don’t take care of yourself or are dirt poor. I don’t want to make either statement about my family, and I don’t like drawing attention to myself or my family. I definitely don’t want our daughters to have any excuses to not want to go places with us as they approach their teen years, when they will fashion plenty of these excuses themselves. I will teach them not to care what other people think in that way as much as I can, but teens will be teens. Besides, the signs on public places say, “No shirt, no SHOES, no service.” Technically, slippers are not shoes, and I like to follow the rules.
HIS: I’m comfortable. Who cares what people think? If they judge, that’s their problem. The signs on the doors of public places are referring to no BARE feet.
I told him if I wrote to Dear Abby, she would say wearing slippers in public is not appropriate, and he challenged me. So I said I would make a poll on my blog. What do you think?