Okay, I realize I'm a father and there's just certain things that come along with it. Dance recitals, soccer, baseball, basketball, cross country, concerts, and smelly shoes.
Not just smelly either. I mean nasty.
The type of smell one would encounter in the worst of all garbage bins or that left over three bean salad that somehow got pushed into the back of the fridge and ripened. That smell you encounter when it’s just about time to get into the car and you realize your kid left their shoes in the backseat on a hot summer day with the windows closed. A smell that hits you when you enter a room and wonder what is dying or already died. A mouse? Leftover milk in a cup? Nope. It's my kid’s shoes.
I see them every now and then wearing their shoes without socks. I warn them. They look at me and wonder. I look back and ponder.... wondering if perhaps the hospital mixed-up the babies. Ahh, it’s my kid. Deal with it dad.
Dr. Scholl was a genius. According to Drscholls.com; ...."Sweaty feet allow bacteria to grow, and the bacteria that feed off the dead skin cells from your feet are the biggest cause of foot odor." Yum, nothing like a feast of dead skin cells to brighten my day. Makes the chopped-off fingernails I find while washing the hardwood floors seem so delightful. That's another future post for sure.
My philosophy has always been to wear good socks. Ventilation is key along with a good shower every now and then helps too. Sure, there are plenty of holistic remedies like soaking your feet in black tea or vinegar, lavender oil rubs, and even a honey and garlic paste. Not sure I'm putting garlic on my feet when I use so often for other things.... like cooking.
Of course, there is a medical term used for smelly feet which causes smelly shoes. I went to Wales via the internet to find out. It’s called; Bromodosis. Sure, I've had my share of smelly shoes throughout my life, but they were mine. That's what makes the walk to the washing machine with a pair of my kid’s gym shoes an interesting task. It’s just that dryer that I'd love to figure out when they are bouncing around and creating so much noise while drying that reminds me it won't be long and I'll be repeating the same task again. Zapatos malolientes!
Hello! I'm John. A father of seven kids, veteran, and I love to write. I write about whatever comes to my mind at a particular time. We all have our crazy, but it doesn't mean we aren't normal. We're just human.