I had wonderful parents who were loving, giving, honest and hardworking. I know that much of who I am today is because of my parents. Recently I have discovered another area in which my parents left me a legacy: my feet! Each of my parents has claimed a foot. In the last couple of years I have developed a bunion on my right foot. My dad had bunions so bad that for the last several years of his life he wore Birkenstocks every day, everywhere and, even then, he had to cut a piece out of the side of the cork footbed in order to accommodate his bunions. I have also had on-going problems with an in-grown toenail on my left foot. My mom had such bad problems with in-grown toenails that she had had the toenail cut way back on both sides of her big toes. As a little girl I always thought her toes looked so funny – big wide toes with little skinny toenails.
I am so grateful to have had parents who set a good example and who fostered strong morals in me, but I’d be completely happy to not share in their podiatric problems. Too bad we don’t get to pick and choose what legacy we receive.