August 6 is the day to let your toes feel the breeze and walk in the grass. Now I admit this isn’t really a good day for me, as I likely have on at least one pair of socks at all times, and often two. My feet get very cold, and now that I’m in Ireland, they seldom seem to warm up at all.
So this is a holiday for all those more warm-blooded than I am – for those of you who wear sandals, or simply go barefoot on these warm (in the Northern Hemisphere) summer days. As someone said,, “Your toes are supposed to lose it on their own special holiday and dance, move, workout and wiggle around freely.”
No one seems to know who created this holiday, but it always falls on August 6. There are several ways to celebrate. Simply removing your socks and wiggling your toes in the grass or water is the simplest. One web page I looked at advocated getting together with friends and all wiggling your toes together. Some people choose this day to get a pedicure. If you have a small child, there is a cute board book called Wiggle Your Toes.
Did you know that each toe has a different name? According to National Whatever Day, they are named thus:
- Hallux (“big toe” or “great toe”), the innermost (most proximal) toe and the closest to the toes of the other foot
- Second toe or “long toe”
- Third toe, or “middle toe”
- Fourth toe, or “ring toe”
- Fifth toe (“little toe”, “pinky toe”, or “baby toe”), the outermost (most distal) toe
There are also health benefits to going barefoot. The power of positivity lists 10. A few of them are: going barefoot can strengthen the immune system, reduce pain of several kinds, and normalize biological rhythms.
So if you are so inclined, let those toes wiggle today!
Quotes about toes
You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.–Charles F. Kettering
And I love a scary movie. It makes your toes curl and it’s not you going through it.–Anthony Hopkins
Those who stand on their toes are not steady.–Laozi
It’s a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.–Robert Louis Stevenson
My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months.–Ginger Rogers
I am the American heartbreak- The rock on which Freedom Stumped its toe.–Langston Hughes
A good poet feels what his community feels. Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts.–Gil Scott-Heron
You won’t step on other’s toes if you imagine yourself in their shoes.–Rick Warren
Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.–Harry S. Truman
Stay on your toes and always move forward.–Evander Holyfield
A brook can be a friend in a special way. It talks to you with splashy gurgles. It cools your toes and lets you sit quietly beside it when you don’t feel like speaking.–Joan Walsh Anglund
To say that I enjoyed writing… is like saying I enjoy having fingers and toes. It’s difficult to imagine life without them.–Dennis Covington
She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That’s life. It hurts, it’s dirty, and it feels very, very good.–Orson Scott Card
Kaitlyn never wore open-toed shoes on account of how she hated her feet because she felt her second toes were too long, as if the second toe was a window into the soul or something.–John Green
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