My 2nd toe on each foot is perpetually sticking out of my socks. It is the longest toe I have and stretches an extra centimeter or 2 beyond all the others. My mom has said this is a sign of aristocracy. I’m not sure what that means or if it is a good thing or a bad thing but it has always made me feel better.
How is it possible for there to be so many oddly shaped and sized feet? There are times when I look at others’ feet and am bemused and befuddled by how different they are from mine. Upon inspection in steam rooms or yoga classes, I see how wide, thin, buniony, dry, thick, bony and various permutations of the above others’ feet are. I look at my feet and judge them. Sometimes they look elegant and graceful and thin and lovely. Other times they appear to be misshapen and arthritic and veiny. I haven’t decided if I like them at all. They seem long and gangly and look much better with nail polish on the toes.
My ankles are the skinniest ankles I have ever seen. I’m surprised that my ankle bone doesn’t jut out of the sock the way the 2nd toe does, it’s so goddamned pointy! I would say I cannot stand it, but I make it my goal to not dislike any part of my body because that is just ridiculous to not like a part of what you were born with and cannot change (although a surgeon in Palm Beach would beg to differ.) Why should you like or NOT like it? Do dogs bemoan the length of their tails in comparison to other tails? NO! They simply live with their tails and life goes on and is great. So who told me It’s NOT ok to have my goddamned 2nd toe tower over the others? Why shouldn’t it tower? What’s wrong with a little towering? They look a little goofy in sandals, I will say that, that 2nd toe leaning over the edge of the tip. I will often get a hint of the people of Nazareth when all I want is to look cute and feminine. They often appear almost manly but in a dainty way. I have skinny manly feet.
And do I replace the socks? Well, not always, I often wear socks with both my 2nd toes are peeking out saying help to the world, getting a breath of fresh air.