Shoes off please…
I used to shake my head and sigh when I’d see a shoes off sign or walk up to a home and see the front door lined with shoes. I’d cringe and wobble trying to take my shoes off to please my host. My childhood home could have rocked a welcome sand sign because we lived in our flip flops. Sandals and sand were just part of the beach lifestyle my mom created. Be free was the unspoken motto, shoes on or off however you’d like to be.
When I became a mom I wanted to share my childhood traditions and create a beachy home for my family. Once my daughter started crawling I realized the need for a shoes off house rule. The most used part of my house became the floor and I saw everything with fresh eyes. Dust, crumb bits and sand. Oh the sand was everywhere! I did the one thing that drove me bonkers and insisted family and guests keep their shoes at the door. Goodbye shoes mean hello clean floors and a smiling mama. Viola you can save time by sweeping up less dirt and scrubbing away unnecessary germs.
I had a total aha moment last year when planning a family trip to see my brother and his family in Kauai. I was getting pumped about the food, sightseeing and aloha spirit of the people and land when it hit me – shoes off!
During my giddy trip excitement and sleep deprived daze I connected the dots and realized I am bringing aloha to my home by adopting some of the trademark customs. Slippahs, flip flops, Crocs are all welcome to stay put on the front step. This is the traditional Hawaiian custom and leaving footwear at the door is a sign of respect to your hostess in the islands. Now I’m happy to share another part of the beach lifestyle…its shoes off at home and at the beach!
Our house will soon be host to summer BBQs and more but friends please remember our beach house must – please remove your shoes, Mahalo!