AMERICUS - Reading the Jan. 5 letters to the editor, I found a letter I really enjoyed by Mr. Bryant. I agree with him totally. I raised nine children. Two things they never wore out of my home: blue jeans and tennis shoes. They wore hightops until age 4. You won’t find any of them bowlegged, pigeon-toed or flatfooted.
I hate jogging or tennis shoes for children, especially in school. I went to a sixth-grade class on a December date. The heat was on high and the room was full of “feet smell” that was so bad I gagged. The synthetic rubber makes feet sweat. If you don’t bathe or put clean socks on, they smell bad.
My mother in Hungary visited me in boarding school, where we had to wear black stockings. She had a fit — even with leather hightops — how bad our study room smelled. And we had to take baths and wash our body in the morning.
I see some people dressed up and going to church in jogging shoes. Some TV anchors only dress up in nice shirts and blouses; under the waist, blue jeans. When I go anyplace — party, church or even take a trip — I dress up. That is how I was raised, to be proud of my appearance.
I am glad Mr. Bryant feels the same. Very few men notice or care nowadays who wears what. I never wore blue jeans in Hungary. Only farmers did.