Sunday, 5 October 2008

sorting socks

Bosnians have a tradition of removing their shoes before entering someones house. Usually you are offered some forms of slippers but often you just end up padding around in your socks. Unwittingly they have exposed my Achilles heel. For of all the housework jobs that I need to do (and trust me, there is a lot of housework to be done) sorting out socks comes bottom of my list. I have been caught out a few times now as I remove my pair of matching shoes - or even my really very lovely and dare I say glamorous boots - to reveal a pair of odd socks with holes in the toes and heels. Then the boys' shoes come off and their socks are never a pair either. Whisper it quietly, the sock sort out time has arrived. It is the dawn of a new era.


Grande Poobah said...

hilarious..... didn't i at one point buy you some matching socks to get around this issue???? mind you, it's going very well with the "eccentric english academic" personal brand you are no doubt building up :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Fraught Mummy,

Found your blog hilarious. Am traveling to Bosnia soon and stressed about whether or not it is culturally appropriate to wear open-toed shoes. Any advice?

Amy from Philadelphia

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Sorry for the delay in responding Amy. Should you be reading (or anyone else) Bosnians are very fashionable. Open toed shoes are totally ok. If you are going to a very rural village which might be very conservative then you should think about dressing a bit more conservatively. But, this summer saw some of the shortest hot pants that are possible to wear on display around here, so don't worry too much about whether you are dressed too conservatively. NB if you go to a mosque or church you will be expected to dress appropriately, as you would anywhere else in the world.