I found this idea when browsing previous posts.
Ten kids. During the Depression. One pair of shoes per child. Of course they went barefoot at home, outside, while doing farm chores. The extra warmth from the fresh cow pie was appreciated when frost covered the ground. (Link)
Saving shoes for times away from the farm.
Playing in the pasture
Cautiously not exceeding the boundaries
And yet outside
Free to roam
Free to run
Racing hither and yon
EWWW!!! Warmth and fresh cow pie?
With the current emphasis on hand washing, that last image does not fit into expected hygienic conditions. Washing feet at the windmill or in the hog trough wouldn’t be “good enough” for germophobes and those anxiousing about coronavirus.
What sensory images did “fresh cow pie” conjure for you?
What unexpected warmth have you stepped in (with or without shoes)?
When do you leave the “thinking work” to the reader?
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