Even though the temps have only been hovering around the 50-60 degree mark, our teen has insisted on going barefoot outside regardless the weather in the past several weeks. She says she does not feel the cold. She also claims that shoes are for "squares".
Last night her perspective on wearing shoes has changed at least temporarily. After being dropped off at church for youth group, she decided to go outside, barefoot, in the pouring rain until her friend talked her into going back inside.
As they came in between the double doors, on the tile floor, our teen slipped and fell, not realizing that, in doing so, she cut her leg. Deep. It wasn't until a few minutes later, one of the leaders, who saw blood flowing down the girl's leg and saw that she was leaving a trail of bloody footprints, stopped her, that our teen realized she was injured.
Okay, so I am ready to accept that when our teen is outside walking barefoot that, perhaps, she does not feel the cold just as she claims. If she can walk around with a cut that requires three stitches, dripping of blood, without any clue, then perhaps she might not notice a little cold ground under her feet.
And, at least last night, she was ready to accept the fact that maybe her parents aren't total geeks when they tell her to wear shoes when it is raining. That just maybe it is safer to wear shoes when the ground is wet. She said, "I guess shoes aren't for squares." Oh well, we can enjoy it for the few days that it lasts. Once the pain subsides, she will probably feel that she once again knows more than her parents.