Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | August 11, 2009

In Praise of Flip-Flops

Oh, summer day and all is well in Joyceland.  Flip-flops are one of the best things about summer.  They have to be comfortable, though, because sometimes that ‘in between toe thingy’ hurts like hell.  When you find a great pair, however, they’re sheer heaven.  Easy on, easy off.  Cushy.  Cute.  So cheap you can own two dozen.  Flip flops fit Joyceland like a glove!  Who doesn’t love ’em?  Our favorite pair, which had faux rhinestones across the straps, lost its largest and most sparkly stone over the weekend.  Suddenly, when looking down, flip’s best friend flop looked like a homeless person with a missing front tooth.  Awwww . . . that’s bad!! 

What’s a girl to do?  Are the sales on right now?  You bet they are.  So within an hour we found two pair at DSW with double markdowns–one pair cuter than the next.  The first pair has bling, but the sole is so comfy they could work as bedroom slippers.  The second pair has a ruffled ribbon on the strap and they are doubly cushioned.  Bling?  Ruffles?  The ‘in between toe thingy’ a non issue.  Life is perfect.



Flip-flops, flip-flops, from where have you come?
From the beach, or the zoo, maybe even from Guam?
Tell me your stories; I’d like to hear these,
Have you walked to a shop for a ham sandwich with cheese?

Flip-flops, flip-flops, now where will you go?
To London or France, maybe even Cairo?
You and me, will explore in the rain,
While walking through sand on the coast of Spain.

Flip-flops, flip-flops, you’re now old and worn,
Your color has faded; your foam has been torn,
I’ve seen all your stories, its time to go.
Remember dear flip-flops, I love you so.

(September 17, 2007, Leslie Briggs)

Your Joyceland assignment for today:  take a moment to put on your favorite pair and admire yourself in the mirror.  Strike a pose.  Think of your favorite memory wearing those exact flip-flops and relax into one of life’s simple pleasures.


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